Pakistan after the elections

Pakistan after the elections

Socialist Resistance public meeting

with Farooq Tariq (Labour Party Pakistan)

and Gilbert Achcar (author of A clash of Barbarisms)

 

Thursday 8 May, 7.30pm

ULU Malet Street, WC1, (Warren St tube)

The elections of the 18th February were a severe sanction of General Musharaf and his alliance with US imperialism. Voters rejected his military dictatorship and the attacks on democracy. The US also find themselves in a weaker position without a reliable ally in its war without end.

The Labour Party Pakistan is well known and popular in Pakistan. It has over 100 councillors elected across the country. Its leaders have been arrested numerous times for their fight for democracy in a theocratic state run by a military dictatorship . The LPP campaigns on every issue affecting workers and the poor: land-rights, privatisation, women’s rights, child labour.

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2 Comments on Pakistan after the elections

  1. This should be a fascinating meeting. For more on the LPP, including Farooq’s dramatic reports posted when he was in hiding, go to http://www.internationalviewpoint.org

  2. Farooq on Nepal at http://links.org.au/node/345

    Nepal: Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) victory, a great step forward

    By Farooq Tariq

    April 13, 2008 — The Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) victory in the constituent assembly election held on April 10 is a great step forward for the forces of the left in the region and internationally. Not only the CPN (Maoist) but also the Communist Party of Nepal (United Marxist Leninist) (UML) received more votes than the Nepal Congress. At the time of writing, the CPN (Maoist) has won 69 seats, UML 21, Nepal Congress 20 and the Peasant Workers Party 2 seats.

    The Maoists are heading to become the single largest group in the 240 constituent assembly seats that are being decided on a first-past-the-post basis. Nearly 60 per cent of the 601 seats in the constitutional assembly will be decided by a complex proportional representative votes, whose final results will take a couple of weeks to be decided. The future of King Gyanedra and the Shah monarchy hangs by a thread straining under the weight of the Maoists’ mandate.

    More: http://links.org.au/node/345

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