The first Chishtian Peasant Conference is to be
held on 21/22nd September 2003. Labor Party Pakistan has decided
to organize this conference as a way forward to fight the
imperialist policies regarding the agriculture sector. It is
expected that thousands of peasants will attend this two days
conference. Chistain is a Tehsil headquarter of District
Bhawalnagar in Punjab. The conference will be held at the village
10 Ford Wah, Bhakhsan Khan Adda Hasil Pur Road Chistian. It is
around 13 kilometer from Chistian city on Hasil Pur Road. The
local unit of LPP in Chistian has taken the initiative to expand
the peasant struggle apart from the two fighting districts of
Punjab, Kara and Khanewal.
Several peasant organizations have already declared their support
for this conference and have announced to participate in this
conference. They include Anjaman Mozareen Punjab, (the tenant
Association) Ghareep Kissan Tehrik Punjab, Kissan Bethakh Punjab,
Social Welfare Association Shikarpur Sind, Community Development
Network Organisation Jecobabad, Kissan Welfare Society Nanakana
Sahib, Punjab, Kissan Akath Jampur, Dera Ghazi Khan.
Several Non Government Organizations have also lent their support
to organize this conference. They have asked all their supporters
to join this conference. They include South Asia Partnership
Pakistan, Education Foundation, Women Workers Help Line and Action
Aid Pakistan. More organizations are coming forward to assist this
conference. We will publish the update of this list a week before
Progressive Youth Front and National Trade Union Federation of
Pakistan with its over 200 affiliate trade unions have also
announced to join the conference.
This conference would be the largest gathering of the peasants
under a progressive political party in recent times. The issue
that will be discussed at the conference include: genetic seeds
and food, privatization of water, sales tax on agricultural
products, corporate farming, ever increasing prices of pesticides
and fertilizers, feudal character of the army generals, feudalism
and capitalism and how to fight against them, need for independent
national peasant organization, a need for a common platform of
workers and peasants, the anti globalization movement and role of
To collect the donations for this conference, coupons have been
distributed throughout Pakistan to the Labor Party Pakistan units.
Some donations have already there with the Center.
Comrade Rashid Saraba, the organizer of LPP in Britain, who hails
from the village where the conference will take place have pledged
Rupees 25000 for the conference. Comrade Farooq Sulehria, the
overseas organizer of LPP has announced Rupees 10,000 for the
What can you do to make this a historic success?
Send a donation immediately, does not matter how big or small it
Send it on the name of Weekly Mazdoor Jeddojuhd (Workers
Struggle). Note: the LPP has not yet its own bank account.We need
to raise at least Rupees Three Hundred Thousands ($5000) to meet
the immediate needs to organize this conference. We are not yet
any near to our target. Organize the local comrades and friends to
participate in the conference.
Issue a press release of your participation to the local and
Contact the local peasant or workers organizations and progressive
groups and individuals for their participation in this conference.
Ask for leaflets, stickers or posters for fly posting in your area
from the Center.
Send a solidarity message to the conference if you are not able to
Treat this letter as a formal invitation to join the conference.
Labor Party Punjab
40 Abbot Road Lahore, Pakistan
Tel: 92 42 6315162, 92 303 6436972
Labour Party Pakistan
40-Abbot Road Lahore, Pakistan
Tel: 92 42 6315162 Fax: 92 42 6301685
Mobile: 92 300 8411945