By Farooq Tariq
KARACHI, April 21: Six political parties and groups with left
orientation have announced formation of Awami Jamhoori Tehreek
to launch a movement against politics of status quo and lay the
foundation for a true federal, parliamentary and democratic order
in the country.
This decision was announced on Friday by Pakistan Mazdoor Kisan
Party chief Afzal Khamosh at Karachi Press Club. The representatives
of five other component of the AJT were also present. They were
Abid Hasan Minto of National Workers Party, Rasool Bux Palejo
of Awami Tehreek, Farooq Tariq of Labour Party Pakistan, Tufail
Abbas of Pakistan Mazdoor Mohaz, Taj Maree of Inqilabi Jamhoori
Workers Committee and veteran progressive leader Mairaj Mohammad
Mr Minto explained the aims and objectives of the AJT, saying
the feudal, chieftains, Waderas and tribal system were the fundamental
forces which had blocked all roads to progress and prosperity.
They had acquired such a dominant role in politics and assemblies
that no political party could function without them. The establishment
and the army had joined hands with them as absentee landlords
by acquiring government lands.
He said during last 50 years it was establishment and the army
bureaucracy which had been ruling the country with full control
over internal, external and economic policies to safeguard their
interests. Through 8th and 17th amendments the constitution had
been reduced to an ineffective document which was neither federal
Today the situation is that the president in uniform and
his army advisors have assumed all powers of internal and external
affairs to the extent that constitution, democracy, rights of
people, federation and parliament find themselves helpless before
Mr Minto said the world capitalist system through IMF, World
Bank and WTO agreements had taken the entire world, the third
world countries in particular, in its grip which had deep impact
over economy, administrative and legal framework so much so that
our budget and taxes system were framed with their consultation.
He said that under the garb of globalization the world capitalist
system through multi-national companies had been exploiting resources
and cheap labour of the third world countries to its advantage,
trade union rights were being trampled which had resulted in increasing
unemployment and turning our country into a consumer market.
The AJT was formed to highlight these issues and break the silence
and unconcern attitude form the level of masses and give a new
direction to the politics in the country.
Rasool Bux Palejo said that formation of AJT was a timely decision
which had provided a forum to all progressive people to unite
under its banner to launch a movement for resolution of problems.
He said those who used to give the impression that the capitalist
system had now come to stay should not forget Iraq and Afghanistan
where class war and national war were going on. Miraj Mohammad
Khan said todays Pakistan was standing on crutches of IMF,
World Bank and WTO because of the total grip of feudal over entire
system which had been tailored to serve establishment, bureaucracy
and feudal lords. They were in fact obstacle in the way of industrial
revolution, progress and defence of the country. He said our basic
purpose was to launch struggle against prevailing social order
and lay the foundation for an egalitarian system.
Warning against use of force to crush people striving for their
rights, he said the government could not run the federation through
use of force.
Pakistan is heading towards a grave anarchy which could
only be avoided by holding dialogues, he said and pleaded
for devolution of power from centre to the provinces without which
he warned the country could dismember.
Tufail Abbas said the dream of true democracy in the country
could not be materialised without revolutionary struggle and unity
of peasants and workers.
Farooq Tariq announced solidarity with the kiln workers, who
were on strike and demanded release of arrested workers of Punjab
Mazare (peasants) Association.