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From 50 years: Pakistani Politics.

Editorial from Volume IX, Nos 51 & 52, December 21, 1957. 

In many newly-independent countries, though India is a notable exception, there are coalition cabinets...That Mr Feroze Khan Noon’s Cabinet is a coalition Government, is not therefore something which is derogatory to Pakistan. What is disturbing is the element of truth in the caustic comment of Mr Nurul Amin, the East Pakistani Muslim League leader, that the Noon Cabinet is a “hotchpotch combination of heterogenous elements with diametrically opposite interests and ideologies...”

Mr Noon owes his position to the antipathy of all influential political parties to the Muslim League...Immediately after assumption of office, Mr Noon gave an assurance that he and his Government would work for holding elections on the basis of joint electotrates. Mr Noon and his Republican supporters can also reply to Mr Nurul Amin’s angry insinuation that a coalition cabinet must necessarily be composed of parties some of which are likely to have different interests and ideologies. Such coalition cabinets may not, as in France, last long. But that is not necessarily an undemocratic trait in French politics, and should not, therefore, be considered as such in relation to Pakistan.

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