Pakistan: Taliban attack Pashtun movement

By Hassan Raza, Revolutionary Socialist Movement Pakistan The Pashtun Protection Movement, PTM, is already changing the political landscape in Pakistan. It has rallied hundreds of thousands against military and police repression, the “disappearance” of 30,000 or more and against war and the denial of democratic rights. In the last two months it has been met … Continue reading Pakistan: Taliban attack Pashtun movement

Solidarity with the Pashtun Protection Movement

ON SATURDAY 21 April, a number of democratic and socialist activists were arrested by the Punjabi Police in Lahore, amongst them Ali Wazir, Bilawal Mandokhel, Muzammil and Ismat Shahjahan, all of them leaders of the Pashtun Protection Movement (Pashtun Tahafuz Movement, PTM), and the Awami Workers' Party Chairman, Fanoos Gujjar. These arrests are designed to … Continue reading Solidarity with the Pashtun Protection Movement

Pakistan: Tens of thousands at Pashtun defence meeting

By Shahzad Arshad, Revolutionary Socialist Movement, Pakistan A NEW mass movement is developing in Pakistan. On April 8, tens of thousands of supporters of the “Pashtun Protection Movement” gathered in Peshawar, the centre of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, KPK. Some estimates put the total attendance at more than 100,000. The meeting was the latest highpoint of … Continue reading Pakistan: Tens of thousands at Pashtun defence meeting

India and Pakistan: the tragedy of partition (Part I)

By Dave Stockton ON 15 AUGUST 1947, Jawaharlal Nehru addressed India’s Constituent Assembly in words that have become famous: “Long years ago we made a tryst with destiny, and now the time comes when we shall redeem our pledge, not wholly or in full measure, but very substantially. At the stroke of the midnight hour, … Continue reading India and Pakistan: the tragedy of partition (Part I)

Socialist student lynched in Pakistan

On April 13, Pakistan saw yet another incident that illustrates the deep rooted crisis within society. Hundreds of students from the Khan Abdul Wali Khan University in Mardan, lynched a fellow student who they accused of blasphemy and posting blasphemous posts on social media. Mashal Khan, a 23-year-old journalism student, had taken refuge in the … Continue reading Socialist student lynched in Pakistan

Kashmir: Killing sparks mass opposition to Indian occupation

By Hassan Raza On July 8, Indian soldiers shot dead Burhan Wani in the forests south east of Srinagar, the capital of Indian-administered Kashmir. Although Wani was only 22 years old, he was a leading figure in the biggest of the Kashmiri independence movements, Hizbul Mujahideen, and his death triggered a new wave of mass … Continue reading Kashmir: Killing sparks mass opposition to Indian occupation

Pakistan: new union for women workers in domestic industry

By Alisha Arshad IN PAKISTAN, women are largely confined to working in the huge “informal” sector, which employs about three quarters of the total workforce of an estimated 65 million in the cities, towns and countryside. Workers in this sector, male or female, are not covered by the country's labour regulations. They have no entitlement to … Continue reading Pakistan: new union for women workers in domestic industry