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Initiating Devolution for Service Delivery in Pakistan: Ignoring the Power Structure: Local Power in Pakistan

 Local Power in Pakistan G K Lieten Any book with a title that refers to democracy and to the devolution of political power in Pakistan will lead to raised eyebrows. In its long post- independence history, moments of democracy in Pakistan have been very few. It took 10 years for a constitution to be framed but the first military coup by Ayub Khan ensured that it was not promulgated. The first constitution which he promulgated in 1962 was more secular than Islamic, but it also adopted the principle of partyless democracy and elections could not take place. One decade later, elections landed Pakistan in a turmoil, with Mujibur Rahman leading east Pakistan with a landslide victory to independence. After the formation of Bangladesh, prime minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto in the remainder of Pakistan (i e, west Pakistan) could not remain in power for long. A public hanging brought an end to his populist rule, a rule which was left-leaning in its public messages and conservative in its policies.

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