Pakistan

A fighter for freedom

A review of I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai with Christina Lamb (Little, Brown and Company, 2013).

When it was revealed on 11 October that Malala Yousafzai, the teenage girl that captured the world’s imagination after being shot by a Taliban rifleman, was not awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, it came as a relief.

Malala no doubt deserved it more than any other person in the world, but to tarnish her name by giving her the same prize given to such renowned peacemakers as Henry Kissinger and Menachem Begin would have been a disservice to everything she had stood for.

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Capitalism: a murderous system

At least 314 garment workers burned or suffocated to death in two factory fires in Pakistan on 12 September.

Twenty-five people died in a shoe factory in the city of Lahore, when chemicals caught alight; 289 died in a garment factory in Karachi.

In the Karachi fire, workers were trapped inside the burning building because exits had been locked and they could not open security grilles at the windows.

At least 314 garment workers burned or suffocated to death in two factory fires in Pakistan on 12 September.

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Pakistan: abolish the blasphemy law!

A young Christian girl, Rimsha Masih, has been arrested and her family placed under protective custody after a Muslim mob in a poor part of Islamabad threatened to set her alight for allegedly burning pages of the Koran.

A young Christian girl, Rimsha Masih, has been arrested and her family placed under protective custody after a Muslim mob in a poor part of Islamabad threatened to set her alight for allegedly burning pages of the Koran.

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International news in brief

Islamist parties have taken to the streets to oppose the ratification of a law which would penalise domestic violence in Pakistan.

Women’s rights campaigners confronted the bigots outside parliament last week.

The Islamists’ arguments against the legislation include: preventing domestic violence is “Western”; and that the Bill is a copy of Indian legislation.

A spokesperson for Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl said, “We will not let these senseless women, who depend on American dollars, to work against the Constitution and Islamic Shariah,”

Women's rights in Pakistan; Islamists ban unemployed demonstration in Tunisia; Congolese asylum seeker locked up.

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A long way to go on gay rights

According to the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) seven majority Muslim countries still maintain the death penalty for homosexual activity.

Afghanistan, Iran, Mauritania, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Yemen still impose the death penalty for homosexual activity. In the northern Nigeria states which use Sharia law, homosexuality is also punishable by death.

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No to political Islam! Solidarity with Pakistani secularists, socialists, workers and women

On Monday 5 January Salman Taseer, governor of Punjab (Pakistan's largest province) and a former Pakistani People's Party MP was shot 27 times by his bodyguard Mumtaz Qadri in Islamabad. Taseer was killed by Qadri because of his support for the reform of the long established blasphemy law which has led to people being incarcerated for insulting the prophet Muhammed.

On 5 January Salman Taseer, the governor of Pakistan's largest province, was assassinated by Islamists because of his criticism of blasphemy laws.

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Pakistan disaster - support the Labour Relief Campaign!

The number of people affected by the floods in Pakistan has now reached 20 million. More than 650,000 houses have collapsed, mainly in villages. Thousands of hectares of crops have been destroyed, along with people's livestock, household goods, clothes, shoes and other essential items. Millions are without drinkable water, food, shelter and clothing. Diseases like flu, fever, diarrhea and cholera are spreading fast.

Labour movement and socialist organisations in Pakistan have launched an appeal to help victims of the flooding, now numbered at about 20 million.

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Pakistani workers' strike wins victory

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Farooq Tariq (Labour Party of Pakistan)

On 29 July the nine-day strike by power-loom workers in Faisalabad, Pakistan, ended in complete victory.

The Commissioner of Faisalabad Mr. Tahir Hussain announced at a workers' rally that all demands of the workers will be met. He said that a 17 percent rates increase for all will be implemented in its full spirit. The case of the four arrested strike leaders will be withdrawn after an initial inquiry.

On 29 July the nine-day strike by power-loom workers in Faisalabad, Pakistan, ended in complete victory.

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Against both Islamists and empire

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Farooq Tariq

The following (abridged) article by Farooq Tariq from the Labour Party Pakistan was first published on the International Viewpoint website on 28 October 2009.

The conditions he describes — daily suicide bombings by supporters and allies of the Taliban in Pakistan — have worsened. On 1 January a bomb killed 75 people at a volleyball game in North-West Frontier Province. You can read it in its original form on the LPP website here.


What do to about religious fundamentalism?

Farooq Tariq of the Labour Party Pakistan outlines a working-class fight against both Islamic clerical-fascism and US intervention.

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