In response to my article on this subject, I have been in receipt of the following comments from a well-informed reader:
"Regarding your note 'Can Tunisia happen in Pakistan', I don't think you are right in saying that 'only' East Pakistan has a tradition of mass street protests. Are you forgetting the 4 months of protests in 77, following the elections, which first forced Bhutto to declare martial law and then, eventually, brought him down?
"When you say Pakistan has never had strong student movements, are you forgetting the protests that brought down Ayub in 69?
"Things may have changed since then and terrorism and fundamentalism have become dominant but this is very much part of Pakistan's history." (28-1-11"