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The old elite was basically eradicated and new elite appeared...

I personally do not think that it is so easy to eradicate the old elite. I do not follow closely the situation in Pakistan, but if you look at the ex-communist regimes, there are implicit evidences that
the old structures still exercise an immense amount of political and economic power through their connections, resiliense to the new conditions, and never ending ambitions to stay involved in states' affairs. No one gives up so easily the bone...

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by Chris on Tue Feb 28th, 2006 at 06:35:30 AM EST
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You are actually right. What I meant was that the old political line was abruptly discontinued by the recent events (recent meaning 10-20 years, but that's a rough estimation by all accounts).

FWIK, there is a current conflict between the old elite (situated in the country) and the new elite, basically warlords, operating from the cities. Indeed, who wants to give up political and economical power?

The Pashtun, a tribe found in Pakistan and neighboring Afghanistan are foreseen as the new power group in the region.

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by darin (dkaloyanov[at]gmail.com) on Tue Feb 28th, 2006 at 09:44:19 AM EST
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What you quoted was about Afghanistan - and there, indeed, the old elite was wiped out: I mean the Shah's elite and the pro-Soviet elite. But what you say about the difficulty of eradicating old elites in general, and 'post-communist' elites in particular, I think is right.

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by DoDo on Tue Feb 28th, 2006 at 09:52:30 AM EST
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