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There was, however, a serious shortage of facilities for education, health services, urban development, and other items in the social services agenda, a factor contributing to the Sindhi violence. But, most importantly, there was an eleven-year hiatus in the political development of Pakistan. Few would support the actions of the last years of the Zulfikar Bhutto regime with its gross violations of human rights, but the Zia period did little to reverse this trend and it changed the 1973parliamentary constitution so much as to destroy the philosophical, if not practiced, concept that the government of Pakistan belongs to the people of Pakistan.

38. The Times, "Return of the Bhuttos," November 18, 1988. 39. Christina Lamb, "Benazir's Democracy," Financial Times, December 9, 1989. 40. Zbigniew Brzezinski, "Help Pakistan Stay on Course," The Washington Post, August 26, 1988. 41. See for instance the statements made by General Aslam Beg in a wide ranging press conference held in Rawalpindi in October 1989. The Muslim, Islamabad, October 11, 1~89. 42. "Moment of Trial," The Muslim, Islamabad, August 19, 1988. 43. Ibid. 2 Restructuring the Pakistan Political System CraigBaxter Authoritarian rule, whether military or civilian, is not an unusual condition in Pakistan.

Although the full thrust of the initial enthusiasm soon wore off, it was clear that the PPP was no longer to be ignored or suppressed, even though Bhutto was arrested briefly in August 1986, for trying to hold a mass meeting that was not authorized by the government. Benazir Bhutto also maintained that the PPP would not comply with the party registration law, a law that was eventually invalidated. The Dismissal Although there were clear reasons for Zia to be unhappy with Junejo, Zia's dismissal of the cabinet and dissolution of the legislative bodies at the national and provincial levels at the end of May 1988, came as a surprise.

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