In the newly independent states of Asia, Africa and Latin America political elites play a very cnicial role in nation-building. The role of the elites in nation building in Pakistan during 1947- 1971 period is analysed. In the newly independent states of Asia, Africa and Latin America political elites play a very crucial role in nation-building. Rupert Emerson rightly pointed out that "many of the new states of Asia and Africa are not yet nations in being but only nations in hope. Nationalism in these countries came as a movement against western colonialism rather than a movement for a positive, coherent national identityl". In their move towards independence the national political elites had to struggle for a long time for achieving freedom from foreign control and domination.
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