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.

By. Chaudhry Manzoor Ahmed
(Member National Assembly of Pakistan)


Specific historical events give rise to populist leaders and movements. When these movements are organized around a revolutionary leadership that adopts scientific methods based on the ideas of Marxism, it can then lead to the transformation of society and of the whole epoch. However, during such extraordinary revolutionary periods, if the social transformation of society fails to take place, there follows a period of reaction, breeding barbarism, oppression, poverty, and backwardness.

Members of the National Assembly Qamar Zaman Kaira and Chuadry Manzoor Ahmed have submitted two resolutions directly related to the real issues in society and the problems faced by the working classes in Pakistan. The first resolution is for the total repealing of the anti workers ordinance IRO 2002 (Industrial Relations Ordinance 2002). This was imposed by the Musharaf dictatorship at the behest of the IMF and other Imperialist institutions to raise the profitability and exploitation of the multinational corporations in Pakistan. This ordinance even deprives the workers in Pakistan of the meagre rights they had attained after the revolutionary movement of 1968-69. It empowers the imperialist and national bourgeoisie to fire workers at will and carryout the most draconian measures to crush the workers into submission.

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