Observer (London)

September 15 1971


HOW PAKISTAN VIEWS ITS PRESIDENT AND HIS MILITARY JUNTA—LEAN AND HUNGRY LOOK AT YAHYA

By Clare Hollingsworth

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President Yahya Khan's widely expressed hopes that political power will be transferred to the elected representatives of the people of Pakistan by November. are unlikely to be fulfilled. The constant deterioration in the internal security situation in East Pakistan, the lack of an effective administrative machine, floods and the threat of famine all operate against a speedy return to civil rule.

But perhaps the most important single reason in the eyes of foreign observers is that the Right-wing military clique in Islamabad who rule the country, for whom the President is spokesman, have no real intention of relinquishing one iota of power.

In the group are Maj.-Gen. Mohammed Akbar Khan, who until recently had a "hot line" into the President's office as director of the Inter-Service Intelligence Organisation and an intimate knowledge of the lives and political leanings of his brother officers ; Maj.-Gen. Gul Hassan, Chief of Staff ; Maj.-Gen. Omar Khan, another intelligence officer ; Lieut. Gen. Tikka Khan, until Sept. 3 Military Governor of East Pakistan ; and—the only civilian—Mr. Roedad Khan, head of the State Information Services.


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