Pakistani Marxist MP lambasts National Assembly

On Monday July 7, 2003 comrade Manzoor Ahmed, the Marxist member of Parliament made a speech in the Pakistani National Assembly (Parliament). He spoke for 10 minutes on the floor of the House lambasting the government and the bosses of Pakistan. On Monday July 7, 2003 comrade Manzoor Ahmed, the Marxist member of Parliament made a speech in the Pakistani National Assembly (Parliament). He spoke for 10 minutes on the floor of the House lambasting the government and the bosses of Pakistan.

The Speaker became nervous as he began to speak and interrupted him many times during his speech. This was because the comrade attacked the Parliament and the Custodian of the House. Comrade Manzoor explained that Pakistan is going through the worst crisis of its history.

He started out by affirming that he was in this institution (the National Assembly) of the ruling class as a representative of the workers, peasants, youth and oppressed, and he was there to expose this House rather than be part of it.

He said that the utter disarray and the anarchic condition of this parliament underlines the real position of the crisis of the ruling class in Pakistan. He vowed to carry on the struggle of those who elected him inside and outside Parliament.

He explained that the opposition in the National Assembly and Senate is constantly being forced to protest against the amendments to the constitution introduced by General Pervez Musharraf, which furthermore are being imposed through unconstitutional means.

He also dwelt on the crisis of the government institutions. He explained that this is a direct consequence of the economic crisis. He explained that to run these institutions the ruling class has been bypassing the laws, those same laws that they themselves have promulgated in the past.

Manzoor attacked the ruling party by pointing out that it is held hostage by the military dictator and this was clear from the behaviour of the Speaker of the House who has introduced certain amendments which give unprecedented powers to Musharraf, which is unconstitutional.

He also condemned the anti-working class law known as IRO 2002 which is part of the amendment package. He also accused the Speaker of the House of being in league with the military ruler and working according to the dictator's agenda. While lashing out at the National Accountability Bureau he said it is in fact a 'factory for manufacturing Ministers' where MPs are blackmailed into submission.

He said that the only law passed so far in the House has been the Removal From Services Act which facilitates making anyone jobless. He condemned the brutalities of the army at the Okara military farms in the Central Punjab against the tenants and also demanded that the government implement the journalists’ annual wage award which has been long overdue.

He explained that the real issues are the rapidly growing poverty levels and rising prices that are afflicting the masses, but he added these issues hardly get attention from this government.

He ended up by saying that the bourgeois politicians who cannot abide by their own rules, laws and constitution, have demonstrated that they are in a historical decline and decay and that the only salvation of society now is through a socialist revolution.