Thousands to attend the first Chishtian Peasant conference

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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 the conference.

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 peasantry.

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 conference.

What can you do to make this a historic success?

Send a donation immediately, does not matter how big or small it is.
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 national media
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 participate.

Treat this letter as a formal invitation to join the conference.

You're Comradely,

Mushtaq Goraya,
General Secretary
Labor Party Punjab
40 Abbot Road Lahore, Pakistan
Tel: 92 42 6315162, 92 303 6436972

Farooq Tariq
general secretary
Labour Party Pakistan
40-Abbot Road Lahore, Pakistan
Tel: 92 42 6315162 Fax: 92 42 6301685
Mobile: 92 300 8411945


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