Homage for Com. Baus & Madsood
Referance for Jyoti Basu & Prof K. Masood
Reference Meeting 2010
Condole death of Ajmal Khatak
Morning Star Conference & SAPF
e-mail me

Morning Star North Region Conference November 2009


Working of a Third World Country Communist Party

Presentation of Prof. Nazir Tabassum on behalf of SAPF UK & NWP Pakistan


Meruth Conspiracy Case, commonly known as Case of Indian Communists was filed against the trade unionists,  workers and leaders of the Communist Party of India in 1929 by the then British Indian Government. The trail spread over four long years. Both the prosecution as well as the defence made full use of this case for their respective propaganda and publicity. On one hand the defendants made political speeches in the court room in order to propagate the aims and objectives of the Communist Party of India. On the other hand, Mr Longford James, the prosecution lawyer made full use of his rhetoric against the international communist movement and dubbed them as the enemies of religion.


Throughout its history, Imperialism has been luring and enticing the clergy in its favour by propagating that communism is godless and thus enemy of the religion.  Communist parties of the Third World including Pakistan have been facing all this successfully. In Pakistan the general elections of December 1970 were contested on the basis of Socialism versus Islam. The Islamists were given a crushing defeat. But the situation today is very different. With the demise of the Soviet Union and as a result of long honey moon of United States with the Islamic fundamentalists, in connivance with Saudi Arabia, the Pakistani society has become the most intolerant society.


It is not only the tribal belt bordering Afghanistan where Islamic radicalism is posing a problem. Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Peshawar, Lahore and Karachi and even the villages of the entire Pakistan are engulfed by this intolerance. The US-Saudi-Pakistan connivance provides funding as a result of which there are 5,459 mosque schools in Punjab, 2,843 in North Western Frontier Province, 1,935 in Sindh, 1,193 in Fedreally Administered Northern Areas (FANA), 769 in Baluchistan, 586 in Azad Jammu Kashmir (AJK), 135 in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and 77 in Islamabad Capital Territory. The Ministry of Education estimates that 1.5 million students are acquiring religious education in 13,000 mosque schools. These figures appear to be way off the mark. Commonly quoted figures range between 18,000 and 22,000 mosque schools. The number of students could be correspondingly larger.  These mosque schools produce only the prayer leaders or the azaan criers. Each needs a new mosque. And, as here in UK, there is a continuous mushroom growth of mosques and a new mosque school with each new mosque. What they crave for is complete segregation of sexes, covering the women in a tent-like garb, shouting at the women who don’t wear a veil, banning the music etc.


Islamisation of the state and polity has been the policy of the ruling class, because it is a classic strategy for preserving their interests from the wroth of the working class. The irony of the fate is that both the ruling class and the US are under attack from the religious militants.


The situation in Pakistan is directly affecting the British people of Pakistani origin.  Here in UK we are facing the same intolerance. It is the prayer leaders of the mosques who hold sway over the people. In this background, we decided to organise a forum of our own from which we could raise our voice against what is going on. South Asian Peoples Forum is an organisation of left-oriented, progressive-thinking persons of the Pakistani, Kashmiri, Indian, Bangla Deshi, Sri Lankan and Nepali origin. We are non-partisan in character. We are working to create awareness among the people that today there is no such thing as religious war or Jehad going on in the world. It is the war of the rich against the poor. The rich countries of the First world are pitched against the poor of the Third World in order to usurp their natural resources. The United States is deceptively giving it the name War against Terrorism. The poor people of the Baluchistan Province of Pakistan are deprived of their natural resources. The richest gold and copper reserves in the district Chaghi of Baluchistan are being exploited by a Chilean-based multi-national firm. Today the landless tillers of Pakistan are toiling without getting square meals, while hundreds of thousands of acres of agricultural lands are gifted to Saudi Arabia for corporate farming.  The richest coal reserves in Thar of Sindh Province are lying unexploited while coal is imported from Australia on exorbitant rates to be used in the Steel Mills of Karachi where billions of fraud has very lately been unearthed.


Thus US-Saudi-Pakistani connivance has created such a situation in Pakistan that neither the politicians nor the common man is concerned about the real issues of that country. In such a situation, you can very well imagine that that the task of leftist parties becomes very difficult. But in spite of all that we are not disappointed. We are very much hopeful.


Abid Hasan Minto, President of National Workers Party of Pakistan has said:


“The ruling elite and the establishment are unable to meet the gigantic challenges posed by the global economic crisis and the tide of extremism. The advancement in science and information technology has changed the mode of production and social relationship and the neo-liberal economic system has posed new questions about the status of working class. Therefore, it is the need of the hour to redefine things and generate a broad-based movement taking all white-collar working class into our fold and offer an alternative political platform to the people. Marxism is a social science, not a religious belief. Thus the progressive political workers should update their knowledge of Marxist thought with the developments in the fast changing world.”


We are actively engaged in forging unity among the leftist parties of Pakistan. Already three major leftist parties such as National Workers Party, the Workers and Peasants Party and the Communist Workers and Peasants Party have merged into a single whole. Negotiations are going on with two more parties and it is expected that by the beginning of the New Year they will also agree for the merger. It will be only then that a name will be given to the resultant party. An eight member committee is preparing the main political document for unification.


At the end let me refer to the 11th International Meeting of the Communist and Workers’ Parties, held in New Delhi, 20-22 November 2009 to discuss on “The International capitalist crisis, the workers’ and peoples’ struggle, the alternatives and the role of the communist and working class movement’’ which concludes as:


“We, the communist and workers’ parties coming from all parts of the globe and representing the interests of the working class and all other toiling sections of society (the vast majority of global population) underlining the irreplaceable role of the communist parties call upon the people to join us in strengthening the struggles to declare that socialism is the only real alternative for the future of humankind and that the future is ours”.

Equality, Fraternity, Social Justice

South Asian Peoples Forum UK

www.sapfonline.org       info@sapfonline.org