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Nationwide Protest Against Militare   Here we go again: Another round of struggle against military dictatorship will start on 1st of September. The Lahore Bar Association has decided to come out again to demand an immediate end of military dictatorship of General Musharaf...more                 Anti-Musharraf Protests Will Mount
The recent strike called by the opposition political parties were the first most successful protest action in seven years of military...more

 

The Life in Underground November 2007: On 3rd November 2007, when General Musharaf declared an emergency and suspended the constitution, I was in Toba Tek Singh, a city around four hours from Lahore..... more
Comrade Asim Akhund member national committee LPP died


 By Farooq Tariq*
  
 Musharraf's days are numbered. He is on his way out. Only a miracle can
 safe his presidency. This will be one of the best news that Pakistani
 working class will hear for long time. A military dictator humiliated by
 the parliament is just what is needed in a country like Pakistan.
  
 Musharraf survived after December 27, 2007, thanks to the leadership of
 Pakistan Peoples Party. After Benazir Bhutto's murder on that day,
 Musharraf was at his weakest. The masses had taken over Pakistan for
 five days. It was a mass reaction of an unprecedented level. "Musharraf
 must resign" that was all that what was needed at the time. A demand for
 Musharraf's resignation by Pakistan Peoples Party leaders would have
 been sufficient to force him out of power. However, PPP went for general
 elections instead, giving Musharraf a breath of relief.
  
 The Pakistan Peoples Party leadership took over eight months before
 accommodating to such a popular demand. This was a real crisis of
 leadership in PPP. What a waste of time and popularity by PPP! Asif
 Zardari soon became a leader loosing popularity at record speed. The PPP
 leadership only went on to demand Musharraf's resignation when they
 reached their lowest level of popularity.
  
 Implementing the neoliberal agenda, the PPP had annoyed the masses as
 much as they could. They had not restored the judges. They did not do
 anything that was worth mentioning. It was all going wrong. They could
 not bring the Inter Services Intelligences (ISI) under civilian rule
 despite a public official notification.
  
 Then, it was all of sudden "Musharaf will go first, then we will restore
 the judges" was the agreement of the ruling alliance of four political
 parties after countless indoor and in-the-shade meetings spread over
 three days. The lawyer's movement leaders rightly criticized the
 decision linking the restoration with impeachment of president. The
 restoration of judges would have given a tremendous moral boast to the
 ruling alliance in their struggle to overthrow Musharraf. However, Asif
 Zardari is still afraid of their restoration. He wants every move to
 remain under his control. This was real feudal-style politics on
 display. "If he wants, then it will be done", is Asif Zardari's philosophy.
  
 Why the wait for all of eight month to come to a decision that could
 have been done on day one of their electoral victory? Rather than a
 consolidation of power by PPP at the centre instead we saw it losing
 power at a fast speed. This waiting time meant more chance for a
 regeneration of power by Musharraf. His tone began to change. He was
 once again threatening to go the same way as he has gone on November 3.
 He was meeting opposition Pakistan Muslim League Q leaders telling them
 to be ready within two months. A weak dictator was flexing his muscles,
 once again, thanks to the PPP leaders wasting time for no reason.
  
 Perhaps a dirty deal was the reason of this wait - a deal that was
 agreed by Benazir Bhutto and Musharraf before she returned to Pakistan
 on October 18, 2020 for a power sharing formula. All the corruption
 charges against Benazir Bhutto and Zardari were withdrawn under the
 controversial National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO). While PPP
 leadership faithfully abided with the deal, it was Musharraf that was
 taking the liberty to do something more than that.
  
 But with Benazir gone, the deal was already in traumatized. It was an
 unnatural, unholy, unrealistic and unworkable deal. It was deal to
 deceive each other. It was deal of the ruling class, by the ruling elite
 and for the ruling class. It was a compromise against democracy and
 against the people.
  
 With Benazir gone, Musharraf could have gone long ago. The murder of
 Benazir Bhutto was not an ordinary murder and was not an ordinary
 incident. However, by sticking to participating in the election under
 Musharaf, the PPP leaders took an ordinary decision in political sense.
 "Democracy is best revenge" was the first public statement of Bilawal
 Zardari Bhutto, the newly elected leader of PPP. However, it was not the
 democracy that was taking revenge from dictator but from the masses by
 not removing the dictator.
  
 Musharraf have lost all power to do anything like the past. He is a
 dictator on his way out. What a tragedy, that he has power to suspend
 the parliament. However, he can not do that any more. He is facing
 failure after failure. He tried to remove the chief justice. He failed.
 He tried to silence the lawyer's movement by dictatorial measures, he
 could not do that. He tried to rig the general election of February 18,
 he failed. He tried to build his political party PMLQ by pumping in a
 massive amount of money in the name of "development". But he failed.
  
 Musharraf is a failed dictator. He is not any more a family friend of
 Bush as both claimed in the past. Continuing their traditions of using
 dictators like tissue papers, the American imperialism is decaling the
 impeachment as "an internal matter of Pakistan". Musharraf has lost the
 ability to use 58/2B, the dictatorial constitutional right of the
 president to suspend the parliament. Who will implement that orders? A
 bloody military coup is needed to implement that sort of dictatorial
 order in the face of rising social and political movement against the
 dictatorship.
  
 The count down has started in real terms. With Musharraf gone, there is
 no way that the ruling alliance will be able not to restore the top
 judges. Musharraf's departure and the restoration of judges will open a
 new phase of class struggle in Pakistan. The ruling alliance will be
 tested by the masses when they will insist to go along with neoliberal
 agenda. The PPP led ruling alliance will be naked in their exploitation
 of the working class.
  
 The ruling alliance will be seen rightly as the ruling elite by the
 masses. A more determined fight by the working class will be seen in
 future with a new leadership of those who have fought consistently
 against the imperialism, religious fundamentalism, militarization, for
 the restoration of judges and for the rights of the working class. The
 Left parties can see a new possibility of a new popularity if they stood
 united and in a militant way.

 

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