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Sugar-Blind Man s Buff

minable period. Upto a point, the Pakistan army command may try to gain leverage by playing one tribe against another, by counterpoising, for instance, thr Nishtars against the Mengels, or the Bugtis against the Bizenjas. But there are limits to such manoeuvres. Any attempt on the part of Islamabad to organise an expeditionary force may, in turn, involve Afghanistan directly in the imbroglio; the fur could really start Hying from then on. Both the United States and China, it is conceivable, have agreed to underwrite Pakistan's present border, but the Soviet Union can have, or be persuaded to have, other views. India, cm its part, may genuinely want a period of domestic quiet in Pakistan; it would still hardly do for India to alienate the Pathans and Baluchis. All things considered, a long-drawn mess appears to be well in the making.

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