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From 50 Years Ago (23 September 2006)

has been swift, but not sudden. It lost its hold of the people, the United Front went into FROM 50 YEARS AGO over Eastern Pakistan during the last elections. sudden eclipse as its desire to cling to power Dacca was not the only challenge to Karachi. forced it away from its popular moorings. No Soon, Lahore emerged as another rival. one except the party members concerned will Already ousted from Eastern Pakistan, the mourn the political eclipse of these two parties.

has been swift, but not sudden. It lost its hold of the people, the United Front went into

FROM 50 YEARS AGO

over Eastern Pakistan during the last elections. sudden eclipse as its desire to cling to power

Dacca was not the only challenge to Karachi. forced it away from its popular moorings. No

Soon, Lahore emerged as another rival. one except the party members concerned will

Already ousted from Eastern Pakistan, the mourn the political eclipse of these two parties.

Muslim League also lost its hold over Western Both lost popularity as each disowned the Vol VIII, No 38, September 22, 1956 Pakistan. The Republican Party wrested the interests of the people. Disintegration of the

power from the League in Western Pakistan Muslim League is a welcome reflection ofBalancing the Two Wings just as the United Front had done earlier in Pakistan’s rejection of reactionary politics

Eastern Pakistan. But the League was and parties. It is a development which will

Eight years ago, the Muslim League cele-still supreme in Karachi, though it had to be hailed by all those who wish well of Pakistan. brated its spectacular achievement in estab-accommodate the United Front as a junior It is to be deplored that the United Front has lishing Pakistan as a separate, sovereign State. partner. And now the Muslim League has also lost a glorious opportunity by deviating from There are not many instances in history of been ousted from Karachi. It is not evenaparty its original roots. But the United Front can such phenomenal success of any political party to the new coalition cabinet for Pakistan. take solace that one of its constituent groups in any country in such a short time. Today, If the rise and fall of the Muslim League is now the dominant party in the central the Muslim League, in its hour of crisis, must have been so swift, the emergence and the coalition cabinet. Like the withering away of be bewildered at its swift loss of glory and disintegration of the United Front have been the Muslim League and of the United Front, prestige. In less than nine years, the Muslim much more sudden. There is a close parallel the emergence of the Awami League as League has so disintegrated as to cease to be between the rise and fall of these two political the dominant, though not the majority, the party in power in the State of its own parties. Even as the Muslim League lost party in Pakistan is a tribute to the political creation. Disruption of the Muslim League prestige as it ceased to represent the wishes consciousness of the people of that State.

Economic and Political Weekly September 23, 2006

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