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New Left Review I/63, September-October 1970


Tariq Ali

Revolutionary Perspectives for Pakistan

The revolutionary upsurge which erupted in both parts of Pakistan from October 1968 to March 1969 and which resulted in the overthrow of the dictator Ayub, marks a turning point in the history of the IndoPak sub-continent. It shows quite clearly that despite the siege mentality of Pakistani politics (the fear of Communist ‘invasion’ in the cold war years, the threat of India, etc) the masses have succeeded in breaking through the ideological straightjacket in which they had been confined since the coup of October 1958.

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