At half past nine on Friday 27th March, in the magnificent surroundings of the Aiwan Iqbal Hall, Lahore, the 2009 Congress of the Pakistan Marxist Tendency commenced its sessions in an atmosphere of tremendous enthusiasm. As the delegates and visitors poured into the hall, they shouted revolutionary slogans such as "Inqlab! Inqlab! Socialist Inqlab!" (Revolution! Revolution! Socialist Revolution!)
With the help and the hard work of a number of Indonesian activists, Leon Trotsky's Permanent Revolution was finally published in Indonesia in March 2009 by the International Marxist Tendency. The publication of this book is an important part of developing a revolutionary orientation in the Leftist movement in Indonesia through the history and the ideas of its predecessors, which had not previously been available in the Indonesian language.
The North Punjab Regional congress of the IMT's Pakistani section was held on March 8, in Rawalpindi. More than 120 comrades from Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Attock, Taxila-Wah and Abbottabad areas participated in the gathering, including trade union comrades, the PTUDC, People's Youth Organization and JKNSF.
On February 22, 2009 the inauguration ceremony of Dr Lal Khan's book Pakistan the Other Story: The 1968-69 Revolution took place in the ancient city and capital of southern Punjab, Multan. The inauguration ceremony took place in the beautiful and newly constructed Multan Press Club. The event was a great success, being attended by more than 600 people.
The Pakistan Trade Union Defence Campaign and The Struggle Publications organized the inauguration of "Pakistan's Other Story- The 1968-69 Revolution" at the Press Club in Rahim Yar Khan on February 14. Nearly 500 political activists, students and labourers from various industries participated in the ceremony.
Around 300 people turned up at the public launch of Pakistan's other story - The 1968-69 Revolution in Quetta, the capital of the province of Baluchistan in Pakistan, to listen to several speakers highlighting the tumultuous events of 1968 in Pakistan.
With the help of a number of Indonesian activists, the IMT will be publishing for the first time the Indonesian version of Permanent Revolution (and Results & Prospects). This book will be a very important tool for the Indonesian activists to grasp the essence of Marxism, freed them from Stalinist perversion, and re-orientate their politics toward a revolutionary goal. We therefore appeal to our comrades, supporters, and readers of marxist.com around the world to help us publish this important work of Trotsky in Indonesia by donating money.
The new book by Lal Khan, "Pakistan's Other Story ‑ The 1968-69 Revolution", was recently published and several launch meetings have taken place. Here we report on the meetings in Lahore, Karachi, Hyderabad and Islamabad. In Hyderabad alone 900 turned out for the event.
The passed year has been one of tumultuous events, and for the International Marxist Tendency (IMT), it has been one of intense activity. We are asking our comrades, supporters and readers of marxist.com around the world to help us continue our work by donating to money this winter.
Last Sunday close to 250 Marxists gathered in
Karachi for a regional assembly to discuss the present world crisis.
Many workers delegations were present reporting on the militant mood
that is developing among the working class.
A marvellous Marxist
Summer Youth School in Pakistan was held at Fort Minro (near D.G. Khan) on
29-31 August. Even under the difficult objective conditions when an economic
onslaught against the working class is taking place in Pakistan, about fifty
comrades participated from all over the country.