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Tariq Ali (Punjabi, Urdu: طارق علی) (born 21 October 1943) is a British-Pakistani historian, novelist, filmmaker, political campaigner, and commentator. he's a member of the editorial committee of the hot Left assessment and Sin Permiso, and frequently contributes to The dad or mum, CounterPunch, and the London overview of Books.

He is the writer of a number of books, together with Can Pakistan live to tell the tale? The loss of life of a country (1983) , Pirates Of The Caribbean: Axis Of wish (2006), Conversations with Edward acknowledged (2005), Bush in Babylon (2003), and conflict of Fundamentalisms: Crusades, Jihads and Modernity (2002), A Banker for All Seasons (2007) and the lately released The Duel (2008)

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The purchase of legis­ lators by rival parties became a national scandal. Suhrawardy was only to last a year in office. Foreign Policy Jinnah, in a number of press statements, had indicated that the foreign policy of the Pakistani state would be non-aligned. This proved to be yet another unfulfilled hope. The post-war world saw the emergence of the United States as the dominant Western power. The decline of British im­ perialism reflected the precarious condition of the world's first major indus­ trial power.

The League's support came mainly from the middle and upper reaches of Muslim society. In Bengal it did win mass support, but this reflected a class polarization in the country­ side between . Muslim peasants and Hindu jotedars (small landlords). The first act of civil disobedience called by the League was when it mobilized its supporters on Direct Action Day in 1 946. The result was com­ munal rioting: the carnage reached a. peak in Calcutta, where Hindus and Muslims slaughtered each other and hundreds died.

Ghulam Mohammed and Iskander Mirza, the two bureaucrats who effectively ran the country as heads of state in the fifties, needed the alliance with the United States to shore up their position at home. American aid had already started in 1 95 1 . In 1 953, an artificially induced wheat crisis led to large-scale hoarding and price increases. The United States announced a fresh offer of aid (which was to arrive a year later) and the bureaucracy installed a new prime minister (a former ambassador to the United States).

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