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Bhutto lists three such acts which altered the course of Pakistan’s history:16 1 The ‘illegal’ dissolution of the Constituent Assembly by GovernorGeneral Ghulam Muhammad in October 1954. ) 3 The imposition of One Unit which dissolved the historical provinces of West Pakistan in October 1955. While Pakistan’s so-called leaders played a grotesque game of musical chairs, India’s influence was at its zenith. In 1956 when the Western powers attacked Muslim Egypt, the Suhrawardy government refused to join in the international chorus of condemnation.

All around him there was a vicious race for political favour. As a trusted confidante of Ayub Khan, and holding an important party post, Bhutto was exposed to the machinations which were a characteristic of the League. He learnt an important lesson in power-broking, and got a special insight into the tenuous principles and shifting loyalties of Pakistan’s political elite. Any vestige of respect he may have retained for the niceties of bourgeois democracy rapidly dissolved. This much was clear later when he chose to devote so much of his political energy towards cultivating the masses.

This remained his view and was frequently expressed. org 29 If there are still any ‘bars [big] Sahibs’ or ‘brown sahibs’ who think that we have no place in the world of Asia and Africa, to them I can only say this: the people of Pakistan have no place for you in Pakistan, because Pakistan is a part of Asia and Africa, and Pakistan must march with the aspirations of the people of Asia and Africa. Bhutto returned to Pakistan with the clear intention of immersing himself in politics. There was never any sentimental hankering after the more sophisticated intellectual offerings of the West.

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