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Discrimination against East Pakistan is nowhere greater than in the army. West Pakistanis dominate the army in terms of numbers and control. Just about 5 ,per cent of the officers are Bengali and the proportion among the ranks is no larger. This has important implications. Article 238 of the new Pakistani constitution lays down that the country's Defence Minister mustr be at least a Lieutenant-General or an officer of equivalent rank in the navy or air force. It follows that no East Pakistani can reasonably hope to become Defence Minister and even less to head the Pakistan army

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