Labour Party Pakistan to fight bye election in
Labour Party Pakistan has decided to contest the bye
election of Punjab Assembly constituency PP 63. Mian Abdul Qayum will be
its candidate from the seat. He is chairman of Labour Qaumi Movement and
a member of LPP Federal Committee.
The seat fell vacant after Mian Ajmal Asif MPA resigned.
He had used fake religious certificate to show that he is a graduate
during the February 2008 general election. At the time, graduation in
any subject was a condition to contest elections. Elected on a Muslim
League Q nomination, Mian Ajmal Asif changed his political affiliation
and joined Muslim League Nawaz. Labour Party Pakistan did not contest
the general elections from this seat in 2008.
Four candidates have emerged for this bye election. They
include Rana Aftab Ahmad president Pakistan Peoples Party Punjab, Mian
Ajmal Asif from PMLN, Mian Abdul Qayum LPP and Amjad Warraich, a former
member of parliament from PML.
Mian Abdul Qayum is a labour leader of textile and power
looms workers. He is the founding member of Labour Qaumi Movement, a
labour organization that has led many struggles of textile workers in
Faisalabad and surrounding area. LQM was formed in 2003 and Mian Abdul
Qayum joined Labour Party Pakistan in 2005. He was elected recently as
member of Federal Committee LPP in January 2010 during its fifth
congress. Over 10,000 joined when LQM organized a mass workers rally on
the eve of the congress at famous Dhobi Ghat ground of Faisalabad.
Mian Abdul Qayum, himself a textile worker, has been able
to organize LQM in every area of Faisalabad because of its militant
actions and solidarity expression with other movements. At present, he
works full time for LQM. Workers of Faisalabad textile sector pay his
expenditures. His partner Shamim Qayum is also an activist of LQM and
spends time to organize the women workers.
Mian Abdul Qayum has been arrested several times during
the last few years during the struggle of the textile workers. He spent
28 days along 24 other power looms workers in Jhang jail when he led a
strike that lasted 20 days resulting in a complete victory of power
looms workers. Since LQM was established over 10,000 power looms workers
have got social security cards. There was none when the LQM was formed
in 2003. They have been able to help workers in wage increase, blocked
payments were released, new trade unions in several factories formed and
in general a labour dignity is been restored.
LQM is an independent labour organization supported by
several left political currents and social organization and movements.
Most of its leaders are formally members of Labour Party Pakistan. LQM
formation is a departure from the traditional trade unions that have
been unable to grow during the last decade. It is community based labour
organization and not just a work place organization. LQM has combined
activism at work place and at community level. It
has formalized many informal sector workers. It has revived the real
workers tradition of picket lines at work place and at the homes of the
LQM strategy to press the demands of the workers varies
from case to case. It has held hunger strike camps, public rallies,
seminars, workshops, Gherao (pickets) of factories, bosses homes, police
stations and labour department, demonstrations and many other forms of
protests. It has held very militant but peaceful struggle.
Mian Abdul Qayum decision to contest election against the
parties of the rich is an important step in promotion of working class
politics. It will pave the way for more independent actions of the
working class not only in parliamentary field but also outside. After
the election of Mai Jhoori in Baluchistan bye election last month, the
contest of Mian Abdul Qayum will also be watched closely by many in
Pakistan and internationally.
Labour Party Pakistan appeals to all its supporters,
friends, comrades and members to come forward to help in the campaign of
Mian Abdul Qayum. The election will take place on 15 May 2010. The
election campaign has already started.
We need your finance support as well. We request all
friend to contact us if they want to make a donation to the election
campaign of Mian Abdul Qayum.