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Land Reform A First-Hand Account

In chapter II, 'Inquisitors in Grand Temple', the author describes the vicissitudes of the Press in Pakistan after Independence in 1947. Let alone the Press, the author tells us ". . during the so-called 1947-58 democratic era, politicians did not have a free hand in running the administration." The bureaucracy in Pakistan, right from the beginning assumed an overambitious political role. Even the Assembly played a subservient role to the politically supreme bureaucracy. Right from 1947 and upto 1956, the country remained so much as without a constitution, and the constitution framed in 1956 was abrogated by an army general in 1958. It was again only in 1962 that Ayub bestowed a 'constitution' on the nation. Finally it was only in 1973 that Bhutto framed what could be called a democratic constitution.

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