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Pakistan: November anniversaries – from Russian revolution to fall of Berlin Wall

Written by Lal Khan Friday, 07 November 2014
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russian-revolution-thThe gruesome pogrom in which a Christian couple was beaten to death and their bodies burnt in the brick kiln where they worked, for allegedly desecrating a Quran, in the town of Kot Radha Kishan, symptomizes the malaise that has set in and that is ripping apart the decayed social fabric of Pakistan.

 

Pakistan: Grenade attack on Comrade Ghufran Ahad’s House

Written by International Marxist Tendency Sunday, 02 November 2014
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ghufran ahad-thUrgent solidarity action is required for Pakistan Marxists in Malakand. Early this morning at 5.45am, comrade Ghufran Ahad’s home in the village of Allahdand in the district of Malakand, was attacked by a hand grenade. Fortunately no one was injured but the windows and other parts of the home were severely damaged.

 

Pakistan: The PPP's revival – ideology or individuals?

Written by Lal Khan Tuesday, 28 October 2014
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pppThe renowned American author and progressive thinker Gore Vidal, analysing the U.S. political setup, once wrote, “There is only one party in the United States, the Property Party… and it has two right wings.” Vidal was referring to the Republicans and the Democrats, whom he characterised as representatives of the ruling class, who have obvious cursory differences, but are fundamentally there to preserve the exploitative capitalist system and the imperialist hegemony.

   

Malakand: Marxists braving Islamist black reaction

Written by Lal Khan Monday, 27 October 2014
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malakand-thThe notion that Islamic fundamentalism, religious terror and neofascist black reaction can be crushed or eliminated without challenging the status quo is not only false, but also deceptive. It actually amounts in practice to supporting the rotten bourgeoisie in the name of “democracy”, “secularism”, “human rights”, “women’s emancipation” and “freedom”.

 

Pakistan: Commemoration Meeting for Comrade Sajid Alam

Written by Sangeen Bacha Thursday, 23 October 2014
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sajjad3-thOn Friday 17 October a condolence meeting was held for 23 year old Comrade Sajid Alam, area secretary of The Struggle for Malakand, who was killed in a tragic road accident. Killed by the intensely barbarous conditions found in Pakistan generally, and in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in particular. As if this were not heartbreaking enough, the local Taliban tried to disrupt his funeral, calling him an infidel, making his grieving family's life an even worse hell on earth.

   

Scapegoats in Pakistan

Written by Lal Khan Friday, 10 October 2014
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zardari-alcohol-thIn an astonishing move, a Christian member of Pakistan’s National Assembly, Asiya Nasir, supported by more than a dozen lawmakers including Islamicist mullahs, moved a new amendment to the 1973 Constitution seeking a ban on non-Muslims drinking alcohol, but the bill didn’t get very far.

 

Afghanistan: Democracy under imperialist bayonets

Written by Lal Khan Tuesday, 30 September 2014
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helicopters Camp Pannonia-isafmedia-thThe final round of the presidential elections in Afghanistan, and the “deal” between the two “front runners”, on September 21, was so feeble, and the outcome so rotten, that even bourgeois analysts and reporters had to designate them as pathetic and repulsive.

   

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