Party Pakistan Lahore Ghazi Road Unit organised a corner meeting
today on 21st October to raise the peace issues among the working
people at Munawar Abad, Ghazi Road cantonment area of Lahore.
Ideas rejecting USA
intervention in Afghanistan with the help of military regime and
against Talbanisation of the society were well received from an
audience of over 200, overwhelmingly workers form different
factories. A resulation to condemn the US attacks on
Afghanistan and against religious fundamentalism was agreed upon
by the participants with raising their both hands in favor of the
Speaking on the occasion, LPP Lahore chairman, Moeen Nawaz Punnu,
an elected counselor and president of a cycle and motor cycle
factory workers union at Lahore, emphasized the need to build an
independent party of the working
class. He told the meeting that we are sick and tired of these
rich politician who come in their big cars to lecture us only at
times of elections and then never turns back to our localities. He
said, LPP is proud to be led by workers and is the only option for
the working class of Pakistan to join and fight for a peaceful
Pakistan. He told the meeting that we condemn the attacks of US
imperialism on Afghanistan but we have no sympathy with the Talban
Azra Shad, general secretary of Lahore LPP told the meeting that
LPP believe in class struggle and will do its utmost to defend the
working class women to fight the system. She said many of us are
part of LPP because it is the only party fighting on principal
positions and are helping the working class to unite. We the women
are for peace and not for war, she said.
Farooq Tariq, general secretary LPP said that the blood of Afghan
people are not less red than those Americans who died on 11th
September. We condemned that terrorist action and we condemn again
this terrorist action of US Imperialism. He said that the last two
years of military regime in Pakistan have been difficult years for
the working class. There is a growing unemployment and price hike.
This was all done on the instructions of IMF and the World Bank.
Now again on the instructions of the US imperialism, the military
regime have taken a road to kill innocent Afghan people. We can
not support that. The only way to stop these atrocities and
terrorist acts is to build a peace movement on mass basis by the
working class in collaboration with civil society, peasants,
student and women organisations. He said the purpose of this
corner meeting to raise consciousness among working people on the
issue of war. We never had any sympathy with the fascist religious
fundamentalist. But they can not be eliminated by the US
gangsterism. We have to oppose the both to build an alternative
movement of the working class, he said. Capitalism and feudalism
can only offer war like situation, only a democratic socialist
Pakistan can pave the way for a peaceful Pakistan, Farooq Tariq
A former local counselor Dr.Ishaq Awan and a supporter of Pakistan
Peoples Party (PPP) criticized the stand of his own party and that
of Benazir Bhotto to support the US intervention and told the
meeting that he would support the LPP stand on this and he
asked all the participant to raise their hands in solidarity with
the Afghhan people.
On this occasion, a local office of LPP was opened and the newly
elected office bearers of the Ghazi Road unit took oath. The
meeting was organied by Safadar Sheikh of Ghazi Road, who is been
elected as senior vice chairman of LPP Lahore. The meeting was
attended by most of the LPP women activist of Lahore as well
including several elected counselors.
More corner meetings are being organised by several units of LPP
in different part of Lahore working class areas.
LPP Karachi is busy in organising the peace rally on 23rd October.
Report by Amir Suhail
LPP Lahore Information secretary