However, Benazir Bhutto has gone even further. She has amended the legal system to enable her government to use criminal law statutes as a principle instrument of repression against her political adversaries. Recently her government has registered numerous cases including sedition and treason not only against Altaf Hussain but also against Nawaz Sharif, a former prime minister, his 75-year-old father, leaders of the Bonded Labour Liberation Front and other human rights activists.
Ms Bhutto presents two faces to the world. The one presented to the West is liberal, democratic and secular and the other, shown within Pakistan, is conservative, reactionary and despotic. Ms Bhutto's main support comes from feudal dominated rural Sind and thus feudal lords have an armlock over her government's policies.
On the other hand, Altaf Hussain is the leader of anti-feudal urban Sind with the people's mandate behind him. Virtually every large city in Sind has overwhelmingly voted for him. The main conflict in Sind today is between those who want to retain feudalism and those who want to abolish it.
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