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Pakistan

Pakistan: founding meeting of the RSM

A founding meeting of the Revolutionary Socialist Movement was held in Lahore on Tuesday 29th May. Around 35 people attended to discuss the crisis of the state, the lawyer’s movement and working class. In attendance were 15 lawyers, 4 teachers who are fighting against privatisation and 16 other mostly student or youth. A comrade from the RSM introduced on the lawyers movement and how it is growing and the current situation with the different sections of the working class joining the movement. He presented a critique not only of the bourgeois parties, but the limitation of lawyers leadership. He argued that the demands for an independent judiciary against a military dictatorship is progressive but we should have no illusions in the judiciary because it is a part of capitalist system and can therefore never be truly independent off the ruling class as a whole. He made clear the problems of the capitalist system and the misery that it causes the workers and poor in Pakistan, therefore the fight cannot just be against General Musharraf, but also for a struggle to end capitalism and the beginning of world socialist revolution. Read more...

Pakistan: Killings in Karachi spark mass workers resistance – forward to revolution and working class power!

In Karachi on Saturday 12 May members of the Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM), part of the ruling coalition in the Sindh provincial government, which supports the regime of General Pervez Musharraf, launched a vicious armed assault on the opposition movement. As violent clashes followed, the military put some 14,000 troops onto Pakistan’s streets operating a shoot-to-kill policy, which left over 50 people dead and some 150 injured. On May 14th the opposition responded with a nationwide strike, which paralysed Pakistan’s main cities. Luke Cooper reports on the pre-revolutionary situation and argues the working class must be won to the struggle for power. Read more...

Pakistan: Down with the military regime! No state of emergency! For an all out general strike!

This article was written by the League for the Fifth International (LFI) and our supporters in Pakistan. On Saturday up to 100,000 people protested. Now we are moving into a critical situation as the government threatens to call a “state of emergency” – the working class movement must be won to a general strike to block such action and bring down the regime. Read more...

Pakistan: Crisis deepens as lawyers clash with state police

On 16th – 17th March thousands of lawyers held further protests against the suspension of Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry. The protests have become an outlet for popular discontent with the military regime and there have been a number of clashes with the police. Read more...

Pakistan: As thousands of lawyers protest against actions of military dictatorship - fight for a sovereign constituent assembly!

This article was written in collaboration between the League for the Fifth International and our supporters in Pakistan. It will be circulated on the further protests of lawyers taking place on Friday and Saturday

On the 9th March president Musharraf suspended the Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry on spurious charges including unspecified ‘misconduct’, ‘misuse of authority’ and ‘actions prejudicial to the dignity of office of the chief justice of Pakistan’. The truth is that Chaudhry has been suspended because he has not been the pliant stooge Musharraf had wanted when he was appointed as Chief Justice in 2005. Chaudhry has established himself as something of a maverick and in particular he has taken up the cases of those disappeared by the security services and recently declared privatisation of the state run steel mills unlawful. Read more...

The Pakistan Peoples Party: Snare for workers and peasants

Printed in 1988

After nearly 15 years of Zia’s dictatorship, the Pakistani People’s Party, under Benazir Zardari (née Bhutto) is raising its political profile. Andy Bannister looks at Pakistan’s recent past and what lies in store for workers in the future. Read more...

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