on behalf of Pakistani working class, pass you red greetings I am
here at a time when my country Pakistan is making headlines all
over the world. Not only my country but also its ill -fated poor
neighbor Afghanistan, as well. Not because these countries are
winning Olympic medals or having elections. Poor countries hardly
win Olympic medals And the word elections is hardly heard in
Afghanistan and Pakistan. Also it's only US elections that make
headlines world over.
My country, as you all know, is making headlines because the most
powerful and rich country has attacked my Afghan neighbors who are
citizens of the poorest country on the face of earth. Dozens of
innocent Afghan kids fall victim to sophisticated US warheads
every day .US war industry is testing on Afghan kids the
efficiency of its guided missiles and these Afghan kids have been
chosen for this monstrous task because they are born at a wrong
time and at a wrong place. If they could make a choice, they would
have chosen Germany I think. These kids are being killed along
with their parents for the crimes committed by US imperialism, its
EU allies and its most notorious tool ,called CIA.
say they are attacking Afghanistan to arrest Osama.
want to ask, do you think he is that stupid that he is sitting in
Kabul and waiting for 3,500 German troops to come and arrest him.
say they are attacking Afghanistan because Taliban are terrorists.
I want say US is itself the biggest terrorist in the world. The US
terrorist attack on Hiroshima and Nagasaki was much bigger than
that on the World Trade Center. Workers of the world condemn both.
I want to further say that WE trained these Talibans and their
Holy Leader Osama Bin Ladin, its US allies and CIA. A thousand
CNNs cannot hide this naked truth with all their disgusting
History is much effective than CNNs.It tells us that today Afghan
kids are being killed because a generation ago in 1978, a group of
Afghan revolutionary soldiers carried out a coup in Afghanistan.
This group wanted to eliminate poverty and illiteracy from
Afghanistan. It wanted to abolish the women trade. Women were sold
and bought in Afghanistan like a commodity. It did so.
masses largely welcomed these revolutionary changes .Not only
Afghans, Pakistani working class were impressed as well. US could
not afford it because Pakistan was a military base camp for US
decided to crush Afghan revolution so that it should not spread to
Osama was brought to Pakistan. Jamaat-e- Islami in Pakistan was
asked to provide recruits. Hikmatyar was put in charge of
In 1993, these counter -revolutionaries were finally able to reach
Kabul. They were divided into many groups along sectarian and
Afghan Population is 38 % Pashtoon, 25 % Tajik, 19 % Hazara, 6 %
Uzbek and there are 12 % other small nationalities.
Ahmad Shah Masood, a Tajik war lord, reached Kabul first of all.
He was not acceptable to Pakistan. Pakistan wanted a puppet
government headed by Hikmatyar.Hikmatyar with Pakistan's active
support kept on attacking Kabul and finally both Tajikistan and
Pakistan agreed that lets have a coalition government of Tajik
Masood and Pashtoon Hikmatyar.
But that was no solution. Because, all the groups trained by CIA
in 1980s, were as powerful as Hikmatyar or Ahmad Shah Masood.In
their respective areas, they would not obey any Kabul government.
These war lords were kings in their own regions. At times there
were over 30 war lords ruling Afghanistan.
These war lords and their militias were robbing people and raping
women. That was perhaps the worst period for Afghan masses in the
history of Afghanistan.
Meantime, after the collapse of former Soviet Union , Central
Asian States with third biggest oil serve in the world and gas
reserves had become available to multinationals.
A multinational called UNOCAL decided to lay a pipeline from
Central Asian States to Pakistan. The pipeline could not reach
Pakistan without passing through all across Afghanistan. In
Afghanistan there was no central government that could ensure it.
Every war lord wanted money in order to let pipeline go through
Multinationals are not in the habit of paying money. They only
earn money. They pay money in US elections. Since they pay money
in US elections therefore US government has to make their business
The US government asked its old obedient servant that is Pakistani
government. The Pakistani government had to do it not only because
it is an old obedient servant of US but also because a Pakistani
business group had seven % share in this multi-million dollar gas
By the time war lords plundering Afghanistan and raping women,
Mulla Umar was helping people against these war lords in
Qandhar.He was getting popular among masses as a saviour.
Pakistani intelligence known as ISI decided to use him as a
puppet. Pakistan army was sent to Afghanistan in the guise of
Taliban. These Taliban captured Afghanistan over night. A puppet
Taliban regime was installed in Afghanistan.
The social base for Taliban government was Talibans. They were
students of Islamic madrassas. Taliban itself means student .They
had a narrow vision of Islam and started implementing it.
There was another process going on. Thousands of Mujahideen
trained for Afghan Jihad was left on their own They had come from
all over Muslim world. Some of them with Pakistani origin were
kept in operation by Pakistani intelligence to use them in
Kashmir. Others ,mainly under the command of Osama, reached
Bosnia, Philippines ,Chechnya, China and Palestine to help
liberate their Muslim brothers. Their morale was high because they
thought that they had defeated Soviet army. But their involvement
in Kashmir ,Palestine, and Philippines was not in line with US
agenda. Now a contradiction had developed among these old friends.
Taliban, once in power, refused to pay Pakistan, all the time. The
big problem started when Taliban said that they will nationalise
the gas pipeline. In 1998, US attacked Afghanistan with missiles
to make Taliban behave. But that did not work. US decided to go
there and September 11 events gave a good justification to go
Till today, US have given no proof that Osama is responsible for
September 11.But the issue of proof is already forgotten.
Bush needed a war because he runs oil business and oil business
needs a presence in Afghanistan. This is a war for oil as it was a
war for oil in 1990 in case of Iraq.
Workers all over the world are saying no to US war. Workers in
Pakistan are saying no to war as well.
But capitalist media is trying to curb workers voice. These media
shows Bush ,Blair, Schrader and General Musharraf making war
speeches. This media does not show millions of workers raising
Picture of my country with regard to peace movement is even
They keep showing and publishing pictures of demonstrators with
big beards. If you have never been to Pakistan and see CNN these
days, you will wonder if there are no razors available in
Well, this distorted picture of Pakistan s not correct.
I confess that fundamentalist forces are getting popular in
Pakistan in last 20 years. This war will make them even popular
because they are seen as anti-imperialists. Pakistani masses hate
USA. They learn to hate USA as they learn their mother tongue.
But majority of workers in Pakistan do not support them.
Capitalist media is showing only fundamentalists in order to
justify attacks in the eyes of working masses of the West.
It is trying to hide the strong and growing peace movement
launched by progressive and left wing forces.
On November 6, a 8000-strong peace demonstration was held in the
capital city of Pakistan. No fundamentalist group has been able to
hold such a big demonstration. .
A coalition of 85 women, human rights, and left wing groups
organised this demonstration.
Labour Party Pakistan known as LPP , was a driving force behind
this coalition. LPP is the largest and fastest growing left wing
party in Pakistan that believes in democratic socialist Pakistan.
It was the only national party ,besides fundamentalists, that
opposed war all major bourgeois parties are supporting US
LPP on its own has organised a series of rallies in big towns. On
Nov 27, another big rally will be organised in Lahore by LPP:
LPP says No to Imperialist War. No to Religious Fundamentalism.
LPP thinks both of them are enemies of workers. US are a big
terrorist while Taliban are junior partners.
Both must be defeated.
LPP thinks US will be defeated the way it was defeated during
Vietnam days on he streets of Europe, Latin America, Asia ,
Australia and USA itself. Through mass protests of workers, trade
unions and students.
Taliban will be defeated in the same way in Pakistan and
Its time to act and getting active.
Stand up against US and German invasion of Afghanistan.
Its time to build solidarity all over the world with all the
progressive forces opposing the war.
But above all with the progressive forces in Pakistan and
Peace movement in Pakistan needs your moral, financial, political
and practical help.
Send them solidarity messages, send your delegates there, send
them finances so that they can organise peace movement.
A group of trade unionists in Berlin has set up an organisation to
give a concrete shape to this solidarity work. The organisation
called Workers Solidarity Pakistan.
I want to point out that LPP and peace movement in Pakistan is
struggling against both imperialism and fundamentalists.
Fundamentalists have abundance of money and guns.
LPP does not have both of them.
LPP does not believe in guns. It believes in solidarity. Of the
workers of the world.
Guns of a thousand Osamas cannot defeat USA. But workers
solidarity can. And it has. Remember Vietnam.
Let me thank you for this hearing."
Farooq Sulehria, LPP, 10.11.2020