on 15th October
Labour Party Pakistan held its first one-day conference on 30th
September at Lahore Press Club. After through discussions on the
political and Organizational aspect of its work, the delegates
elected its new leadership A 27 member Lahore Council was elected
by secret ballot. The council elected later the main leadership in
its emergency meeting just after the conference. 9 out Of 27
Lahore Council members are women activists. 3 out of seven main
leadership posts are also taken by the women activists including
the key post of general secretary Lahore LPP.
Over 120 activists of the LPP at Lahore attended the one-day
conference. After a recent survey of party membership, it was
decided by the LPP Lahore leadership to drop all the inactive
members. It was decided that only Those will be allowed to take
part in the conference who have cleared their dues and paid the
annual membership fee. 139 member remained on the list after the
scrutiny. 120 of those participated in the full day conference.
During the first political session, Farooq Tariq, general
secretary LPP Introduced the party position on the present
political, economical and social conditions. He was of the view
that Talbaan regime ought to go now. It is not much to do with the
external position but Talbaan has lost its social basis. As a very
brutal regime, it cold has not survived without the very strict
Control and a lot of suppression of the Afghan people. Farooq
the American government and itís allies including the military
regime in Pakistanis hypocrisy of helping each other. He said that
America has now no Problem with the military regime of Pakistan as
the apparent case earlier. So
is the case of military regime of Pakistan who have abandoned its
7 year partnership with Talbaan overnight without saying a single
word of its earlier positions.
We are against the both, American Bush administration and also
against the Talbaan regime, We are with the international peace
movement. We have to Create a new peace movement in Pakistan as
well. LPP activists must be in the forefront of this NO War, NO
He said that capitalist and feudal system has failed to deliver
and it must be replaced by a democratic socialist system. We can
not do that if we do not have strong mass party. This conference
is an effort by the Lahore leadership to build such a mass
socialist party in Pakistan.
In the discussion followed, 14 activists of LPP participated.
There was no Fundamental difference on the political perspective
of the party. A question was raised what option military regime
had, not to go the way they have gone
and what difference the American possible aid to Pakistani
military regime can make in future and its effect on the military
Answering the question, Farooq Tariq said that the capitalist
economy international is in a period of crisis. They through
different institutions like IMF and World Bank made such an
agreements that it put the entire burden on the already sinking
economies of the third world countries. Against these injustices,
A strong anti capitalist movement was developing in the advance
countries. We saw hundreds and thousands of workers at different
part of the advanced world protesting in anti capitalist
demonstrations. After 11th September initial reactions, it is
clear that American government has got new friends like the
military regime of Pakistan to go for an all out war against
Afghanistan. In this background, The Americans has lifted
sanctions against Pakistan and has announced a good friendship
relationship with Pakistan. The general impression is created that
the American aid would help the sick economy of Pakistan. But this
is contrary to the factual situation. Pakistan exports have been
deeply effected after the 12th September. Many orders has been
cancelled or postponed. The main crisis of Pakistan economy is
productivity. That will decrease even further. All the conditions
of IMF and World bank has made the life of the workers and
peasants even worst what it was before the military took over in
October 1999. In these circumstances, we do not see any
possibility of revival of Pakistan economy even if US imperialism
pump in massive injunctions. It will make the life of the rich and
the ruling class better and the not the life of the workers. So we
do not support the so-called aid or the have any illusions in any
friendship with US.
Farooq Tariq said, the US administration is the king of terrorism.
We can support or have any confidence in him. We have to build a
real unity of the working class internationally and have to become
part of the international peace
The Lahore conference elected 27 membersí Lahore council. All
the nine women activists who were part of the slate were elected.
Moeen Nawaz Punno is elected chairman of LPP Lahore. He is member
of LPP national committee and a trade union leader of a cycle
factory. He was elected counselor in the local bodies election
held this year.
Azra Shad is elected as general secretary of Lahore LPP. She is
the organizer of the Women Workers Help Line and a terminated
health worker during a strike of hospital workers in 1993.
Farah Naz, a schoolteacher is elected as joint secretary. She is
one of the leaders of WWHL. She mobilized over 80 working women
for the rally on 25th September.
Saima Khan is elected as finance secretary. She is computer
operator and leading member of WWHL.
Amir Suhail is elected as information secretary. He is a member of
the journalist union. He was organizer of the youth organization
Safdar Sheikh is been elected as senior vice chairman. He is also
an ex Young Fighter leader and a worker at a motor cycle factory.
Rana Javed is elected as vice president. He joined the party only
a month before. He is making a lot of effort to spread the party
in an area where party has won some local bodies seats.
The Lahore Labour Party has taken a lead in Punjab by holding this
one-day conference. Such conferences are being organized in other
parts of Punjab as well. The conference has made our ideas quit
clear on the present situation and made the comrades more
confident of the position we have taken during this period. End