To commemorate the 40th day of the death of a peasant leader
Mohammed Bashir, Anjaman Muzareen Punjab (Tenants Organization
Punjab) organized a protest meeting on 16th February at Renalkurd
Military Farms, over 100 kilometers from Lahore. The meeting was
organized in an open farm area close to the house of Bashir, where
he was murdered by the thugs and gangsters of a military colonel
Mohammed Ali. The gang wanted to take the possession of the land,
Bashir and his forefathers were cultivating over a 100 years. When
Bashir and his family retaliated, he was shot at and several of
his relatives including women were injured.
Despite the formal complaint to the police, a murder case has not
been registered again the main culprit. Instead, police has
registered a case against unknown persons. To press the demand to
include the name of the military officer and to arrest him, a
protest campaign is going on. A 40 days hunger strike camp is been
organized at Okara city where over 100 peasants are participating
in the hunger strike camp.
The public meeting was attended by over 3000 peasants despite the
death of the mother of the local peasant leader on the morning of
the protest meeting. It was addressed by a several speakers from
Labour Party Pakistan, Peoples Rights Movement, Labour Alliance,
National Workers Party and several social organizations and
peasant and women organizations.
The main speaker on the occasion was Farooq Tariq general
secretary Labour Party Pakistan. He demanded an immediate arrests
of the army officer involved. He condemned the terrorist attack by
this military officer and gave a month notice to the local
authorities to register the case or face a movement by LPP accross
the country. He condemned the political and economic terror of the
American Imperialism alongside with military rulers of Pakistan.
Farooq Tariq said that the no one can break the will of the
working class to change the society. He said the blood of Mohammed
Bashir will not go unnoticed and many more Bashirs have emerged on
the scene to take up the fight. He said we will take revenge of
this murder by organizing our class to launch a mass movement.
Farooq Tariq appreciated the active participation of women in the
movement and said no movement can be successful without the
participation of women.
Over 100 copies of a speacial edition of Weekly Mazdoor Jeddojuhd
was sold at the meeting.
Several more protest meetings have been arganised by the Anjumana
Mozareen thorugh out the Punjab province.
report by Sajid Baluch