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Thousands attends peasant rally

A three months notice have been given to Punjab government to decide the fate of the 68000 of agriculture land owned by Punjab government and cultivated by tenants for over 100 years. The tenants have been demanding land ownership rights and despite promises to do so by Benazhir Bhutto and Mian Nawaz Sharif of PMLN, the land in question has not been allotted to the tenants.

The three month notice was given at the end of a massive peasants rally on 29 June at Okara. The rally was organized by Anjaman Mozreen Punjab (Punjab Tenants Association) on the eve of the 10 years of tenants struggle for land ownership rights. Over 5000 peasants from different agriculture farms waving red flags chanted slogans against the regime and blamed that they are poor because the General Head Quarter of Army (GHQ) is looting the resources meant for peasants. The army owns over 25000 acres of land in Okara and Pakpattan districts of Punjab.

9 peasants leader lost their lives during the 10 years of struggle. They include Mohammed Bashir of Renalakhurd Military Farms (January 2002), Tufail Cheema of Dulmain Gunj Army Welfare Trust Farms Depalpur (June 2002), Manzoor Theme of Khanewal Seed Corporation Farms (June 2002), Salman Patras of Okara Military Farms (August 2002), Baba Amir Ali of Okara Military Farms (May 2003), Zafar Ali Cheena of Bail Gunj Army Welfare Trust Farms (May 2007), Mohammed Abbas, Amir Ali and Baba Rahim  of Kulyana Military Estate Okara (April 2009). The rally paid rich tribute the the martyres of the movement and pledged to continue the struggle until final victory.

The rally took three hours to pass the main roads of Okara and ended in front of Okara Press Club where the main leaders of AMP spoke to the participants. Farooq Tariq spokesperson Labour Party Pakistan said  that the PPP and PMLN both are responsible for not implementing the promises their leaders made while they were in opposition to the military dictatorship of General Musharaf. He said this was the first mass movement to challenge the military dictatorship while it was on its height of repression.  He gave a three month notice to the Punjab government on behalf of the AMP to act positively to the demands of the tenants or be ready for a Gherao (Picket Line) of Lahore. We will come in thousands and will not leave Lahore until our demands are met. We have fought the military dictatorships and we will not accept the unconcerned attitude of the present civilian government. Mehr Abdul Sattar general secretary of AMP told the charges participants of the rally that the movement will not end until our demands are met. We want them to fulfill the promises that have been made to us while they were in exile. We will sit idle to let the time pass. We will act and act decisively. He announced a mass rally of peasants in October 2010 at Okara of 100,000 peasants. We will take oath from every one that we are ready to die for the land ownership and will march to Lahore. We will fix the date of the long march to Lahore at this historic conference of the peasant.

Several leaders of AMP from Renalkhurd, Kulyana Military Estate, Pakpattan, Khaenwal, Sahiwal including Azra Shad chairperson Women Workers Help Line and Riffat Maqsood women secretary Labour Party Pakistan Punjab chapter spoke at the rally.

There were hundreds of red flag at the rally and over 2000 motorcycles and dozens of tractor and trolleys brought the peasants at the rally. The Okara residents and the traders welcome the peasant rally and showed victory signs to the protesters. There were hundreds of peoples waving to the protesters on the way to the main venue. 

By: Maqsood Mujahid




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