10-party United Front formed

Lahore - Leadership of 10 progressive and left political parties held a joint meeting in Lahore on Friday and decided to form a united front, said a press release.

In the meeting, leaders of 10 political parties attended to form the alliance. An eight -member committee, comprising Akhtar Hussain, Taimur Rehman, Amanullah Sheikh, Imdad Qazi, Shaukat Chaudhary, Awais Qarni, Nisar Shah and Khalid Junejo, was formed to carry out the objective.

The parties that attended the meeting were: Awami Workers Party, Pakistan Mazdoor Kissan Party, Awami Jamhoori Party, Jaey Sindh Mahaz (Khalid Junejo), JK Peoples's National Party, Balochistan National Movement, Pakistan Trade Unions Defence Campaign, Pakistan Mazdoor Mahaz, JK Awami Workers Party, and Communist Party of Pakistan. The meeting, hosted by Awami Workers Party, deliberated upon the current economic and political situation and it was agreed that the mainstream political parties of the ruling class have miserably failed to present the solution of growing economic and political crisis of the country. They don't have any solution except preferring only to indulge in accusing each other for their corruption.  The meeting demanded that all missing persons be brought to the surface and a legal process be adopted if they have committed any crime, adding that all immigrants should be sent back to their respective countries since the mischievous elements take cover of these refugees.  The innocent minority girls should be protected from the onslaught of hooligans in the name of converting their religion, the participants of the meeting demanded.  The sugar mills mafia should also be regulated to compensate the growers according to law, they added.

The meeting further demanded that in KPK, the tenancy rights to till the forest protected lands be restored. The unjust criminal cases against farmers of Hashnagar and Okara military farms be withdrawn and their land rights be restored after releasing them.

The student unions be restored as the democratic right of the students.

The election reforms passed by the parliament are rejected and it is demanded that these may be reframed according to the petition filed by AWP in the Supreme Court.

"In our view, corruption is an integral part of bourgeois system which needs to be replaced by an alternative system. And that alternative is socialism", said the communique issued at the end of the meeting.

The vast majority of Pakistani population is still living under the yoke of feudalism, the left leaders claimed. The ruling classes are deliberately using religion to camouflage their exploitation and to suppress the narrative of the social forces striving for a real socio-economic change. This practice is exacerbating trends of fundamentalism, extremism and intolerance in the country. “Therefore we resolve hereby to launch a concerted struggle against the flowing anti-people trends in the country,” the parties announced.


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