What lies behind recent developments in Pakistan? Why did the Supreme Court lift the ban on Nawaz Sharif returning to Pakistan for him only to expelled by the Military as soon as he set foot on Pakistani soil? Why are Benazir Bhutto (in exile) and the military dictator Musharraf trying to reach a deal over how the country is to be governed in the next period?

Every year the IMT organises a Congress, a Conference or a World School. This year’s event was a School and it followed on from the successes of previous years. More countries were represented, new areas have been opened up, and the general feeling is one of a tendency that is going forward, growing in numbers and sections.

On the weekend of May 12th & 13th, over 30 members and guests gathered in St. Louis, Missouri for the National Congress of the Workers International League. As well as in-depth discussions on the economic, political and social perspectives for the world and the U.S., those present discussed the political and organizational tasks flowing from these perspectives.

On April 28 and 29 the CMR in Venezuela held its fourth congress with about 65 comrades in attendance. There was a lively debate on international and Venezuelan perspectives, the new situation that has emerged in the country after the December elections and the formation of the United Socialist Party, and the task posed before the Marxists.

The final balance sheet of the congress of The Struggle in Pakistan revealed that 2,193 delegates and visitors took part with comrades from over forty trade unions and workplaces present, a truly proletarian and revolutionary gathering.

The Iqbal Hall in Lahore was again packed to capacity for the second day of the 26th Congress of The Struggle. The day was marked by lively discussions and fiery speeches about the current situation in Pakistan and internationally. The congress ended in a mood of excitement and determination as comrades sang The Internationale and chanted revolutionary slogans.

Today the first day of the 26th national congress of The Struggle, the Marxist Tendency in Pakistan, was held in the magnificent Iqbal Hall in central Lahore. This is the biggest hall in Lahore, with a total capacity of 2,000 seats. By the end of the day, there was hardly an empty seat to be seen.