ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Steel-Expanding Expansions

has advocated the return of the army to power because he feels that the government has failed to maintain Jaw and order. Considering these challenges to his government, it is not surprising that Bhutto has acted in a peremptory manner. What might be questioned is whether these sharp reactions to opposition within and without his party will lead to the consolidation of his power or whether they will lead to its dilution. In the sort of centrist politics that is operating in present-day Pakistan, the compromises that are essential to the continuance of such a system are not taking place, instead, Bhutto, by attempting to get a firm hold on the reins of power both at the Centre and in the provinces, is narrowing his power rather than widening it. This can be particularly dangerous for him and the recently resurrected parha- mentary system, if members of the opposition as well as his own party begin to feel that the rules of the parliamentary game are not being observed by the President. And since his own party is far from solidly behind him, expulsions of dissidents like Kasuri may well prove to be self- aefeating.

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