Repression of opposition groups, including the socialist Labour Party, Pakistan continues. At the end of September ten members, including General Secretary Farooq Tariq, were arrested, at a protest against General Pervez Musharraf filing nomination papers for a second presidential term.
From the Labour Party of Pakistan
Farooq Tariq is the General Secretary of the Labour Party Pakistan. He explains how he has been caught up in the government’s suppression of opposition parties.
General Pervez Musharraf’s eight year grip on political power in Pakistan looks increasingly precarious.
From the Labour Party Pakistan, Tuesday 19 June 2007
Lahore: After 15 days of detention, Labour Party General Secretary General Farooq Tariq was released on Tuesday (19 June) from Kot Lakhpat Jail, Lahore.
BY Mike Rowley
Pakistan is going through a period of heightened struggle against the military-based government of Pervez Musharraf. The current struggles began in earnest on 14 May when a general strike shut down Pakistan’s major cities, Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar, Rawalpindi and Quetta.
Farooq Tariq, general secretary of the socialist group Labour Party of Pakistan, has been released from prison following his detention without charge by Pakistani security forces. Released on 19 June after a 16-day detention, Tariq describes his imprisonment as “one the of worst jail experiences I’ve had during my 30 years of political activism”.
From the Labour Party of Pakistan.
Lahore: Farooq Tariq, General Secretary of the Labour Party Pakistan, was arrested on 5 June at his residence without warrants. On Thursday 7 June he was sent to Bahawalpur Jail after the issue of three-month detention order by the home secretary of Punjab. Farooq Tariq's detention is a part of recent state crack down on political activists and workers, against the backdrop of the lawyers' and media workers' movement against the Mushrraf regime.
Farooq Tariq, general secretary of the Labour Party of Pakistan, a significant revolutionary left group which opposes Pakistan’s military regime, its US backers and political Islam, was arrested for four days earlier this month.
Letter from Labour Party Pakistan
The General Secretary of the Labour Party Pakistan, comrade Farooq Tariq was arrested from his Lahore office by a heavy contingent of Punjab Police at 1:30 p.m on Friday 4 May. He has been taken to Garhi Shahu police station, Lahore, where he is being detained.