The newly formed Socialist Movement distributed a four page leaflet and
attended Mayday activities in nine different cities right across
Pakistan, including Lahore, Rawalpindi, Hyderabad, Quetta, and Karachi.
Over sixty people attended the very successful founding meeting of the
Socialist Movement on Saturday 17 April, 2004. The aim of this meeting
was to set up a new independent, socialist and revolutionary
organisation to fight against capitalism, the military, mass poverty and
national oppression in Pakistan.
"It is generally the Indian middle class and the rich who are feeling
good, but there are so many others, belonging to the lower middle class,
belonging to the peasantry, belonging to the working class, who are not
feeling good.” That view, from analyst Kumar Kaldeep, quoted by Radio
Netherlands is important...
Mayday was celebrated with renewed vigor in Kashmir on both sides of the
dividing Line of Control between India and Pakistan, at a time when US
imperialists and its allies continue to kill innocent Iraqi youth,
workers and children.
Today, one year on from the US imperialist led war on Iraq, anti-war
demos and protests are being held throughout India, Pakistan and across
the dividing Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir by various workers
organisations, trade unionists, anti-war groups.
Having last visited Pakistan five years ago, the social, economic and
political changes in the country were thrown into sharp relief. The
changes, although not immediately apparent, are stark. These
developments, I believe, make possibilities for the growth of socialist
ideas much more likely than in the immediate...