National Sections of the L5I:

Pakistan

Musharraf resigns to avoid impeachment

The resignation of Pervez Musharraf brings to a close nearly a decade of Pakistani politics, marked by attacks on democratic and anti-imperialist forces at home and adaptation to the commands of US imperialism abroad. Read more...

Pakistan: Opposition parties win elections, but will they force Musharraf out?

The victory of the Pakistani Peoples Party (PPP) and the Pakistan Muslims League - Nawaz (PML-N), in parliamentary elections was a severe blow for Musharraf and a demonstration of the strength of feeling against him. A L5I supporter in Pakistan reports on the election, looks to the future, and asks will the PPP impeach Musharraf? Read more...

After Bhutto's assassination - where now for Pakistan?

The assassination of Benazir Bhutto on December 27 in Rawalpindi has thrown Pakistan into an even deeper crisis than those that have wracked it since 9 March 2007 when President Pervez Musharraf suspended Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry. Despite claims from the military regime that they have evidence proving the involvement of Islamist groups linked to Al Qa’eda in the assassination, widespread popular anger has been principally directed against Musharraf himself and at the army and police. Read more...

Workers, youth, students – boycott Musharraf’s sham elections!

Workers, youth, students – boycott Musharraf’s sham elections!

Over the past weeks thousands of students, lawyers and journalists across Pakistan have defied Musharraf’s state of emergency. As many as ten thousand opposition activists have been thrown into Pakistani prisons, but still the struggle has continued, as daily protests of students, lawyers, trade unionists and social movement activists have taken place against the Musharraf regime. Read more...

Pakistan: lawyers make courageous stand

Today, lawyers have launched three days of protests, opposing the state of emergency that began on Saturday and has effectively eliminated any pretence of judicial independence from General Musharraf. Law courts in every city of Pakistan were shut. Just as in March, when lawyers came onto the streets opposing the suspension of Chief Justice Chaudhry, today lawyers challenged the power of the military once more. But their actions are all the more courageous now, given the total ban on public political activity and the mass arrests of opposition activists - numbering several thousands since Saturday. Read more...

Statement against the state of emergency

Statement of Revolutionary Socialist Movement and League for the Fifth International on the state of emergency in Pakistan

• Defy the state of emergency!
• Mass demonstrations now against the state of emergency! Read more...

Pakistan: Revolution and Reaction

The struggle for the future of Pakistan continues apace. Bhutto and Musharraf still look to form a coalition government in the spring – despite the terrorist attacks on the PPP. The “war on terror” in the border regions threatens to turn into a full scale civil war. The masses desire democracy, agrarian reform and an end to the neoliberal offensive. In this joint resolution of the Revolutionary Socialist Movement and League for the Fifth International we analyse Pakistan’s revolutionary crisis and how it can be turned into a socialist revolution against capitalism and imperialism. Read more...

Fight for a constituent assembly

Pakistan’s military dictator Pervez Musharraf was in a dire situation this summer. Having suspended the country’s Chief Justice, Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry in March, his regime was destabilised by the huge street protests and a 48-hour general strike, mobilised to resist this decision. This movement started amongst lawyers, but was soon joined by the workers and the urban poor. Protesters numbered tens of thousands, waves of strike action called by unions close to the opposition parties shut the country down. Armed clashes erupted between pro- and anti-Musharraf forces. Read more...

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