Protests called by the Movement for Justice, led by Imran Khan and the Sufi cleric Tahirul Qadri under the banner of anti-corruption, demanding the resignation of the Sharif government, are storming Pakistan and are scheduled to hit Islamabad on August 14, Pakistan’s Independence Day. Rumours of a possible intervention by the Pakistani army, intrigues and conspiracies are poisoning the atmosphere of a country gripped by a permanent crisis and a constant in fight among different sections of the ruling class. Here we provide an analysis by Lal Khan.

If it were only a matter of praying to Allah for the masses to end their woes and achieve their emancipation, how easy it would be!

At dawn on Sunday, June 15 the Pakistan government gave the green signal to over 30,000 ground troops, backed by air force jets, to move into action in North Waziristan. This is the beginning of a long talked about and expected military operation against the many and numerous Islamic terrorist outfits that have been wreaking havoc throughout the country for almost two decades. The terrorist attack at the Karachi Airport in the preceding week seems to have been the final straw.

Lahore :Wednesday 10 October 2001.

The meeting was organized at the traditional left hall and café, the Pak Tea House. About 75 people attended the meeting. The majority of them were trade union activists and leaders. Youth, students and women workers also participated. The meeting was presided by the veteran trade union leader and chairman of the PTUDC in Punjab, comrade Amin Bhatti. The topic of the meeting was: The present war and the role of the working class. Two days before, the PTUDC poster was flyposted in all the main areas of Lahore. 

 Three public meetings were recently organised by the PTUDC to protest the impending Imperialist attack on Pakistan and the terrorism perpetrated by the Islamic fundamentalist organisations. The first Meeting was held in the main city hall in Hyderabad, the main city of Sindh. More than three hundred people attended the meeting. They were mainly students from the three main universities of Sindh. The meeting was presided by the veteran left intellectual from Sindh, Comrade Ibrahim Joyo. The main speakers were Mohammad Khan Ahmadani, Chairman of the PTUDC, Sindh, and the editor of the Sindhi Marxist Paper ‘Class Struggle’ and Lal Khan the editor of the Asian Marxist Review. The speakers emphasized the history of state terrorism perpetrated by US imperialism and how they were directly involved in the creation of monsters like Osama Bin Ladin and the Taliban. They also explained the economic background to this situation and the implications of the world economic slump for politics and society. There was an enormous and enthusiastic response from the audience. 19 participants intervened in the discussion and asked very advanced questions. Lal Khan replied to the questions and summed up the discussion. Revolutionary poems were also recited at the function and at the end there was a feeling of optimism that a class movement will emerge as more and more people join in the upsurge as the military attack commences. This would break the stranglehold of the Islamic fundamentalists on the sporadic movement at the present time. A collection was raised at the end of the meeting, which had lasted four and half hours. A resolution for the release of Comrade Satish Kumar and withdrawal of all cases against him was moved and unanimously passed by the meeting. There was big coverage of the meeting in the Sindhi and Urdu press. It was also reported in the Sindhi press that Sindhi Nationalist leaders like Abdul Waheed Aresar, the leader of the largest Sindhi party also attended the meeting. This is the first time in many years that such big Sindhi nationalist leaders have attended public meetings organised by the Marxists. This was also the only public protest meeting on this present crisis organised by any left organisation in Sindh, till date.

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