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Two moves – one from workers, one from Empire

June 2, 2012

This week saw two developments:

The first, which we wholeheartedly support and welcome, is the formation of the Free Baba Jan Committee by activists of various Left parties as well as progressive trade unions meeting in Lasbela yesterday (June 1st, 2012). They have decided to form a pamphlet committee for the production and dissemination of material related to the struggle of the Progressive Youth Front (PYF) against hereditary privilege and the system of colonial rule in Gilgit-Baltistan. They have also decided to hold a 3-day hunger strike camp in Karachi in solidarity with the Hunza Five, from the 15th to the 17th of June, 2012!

Surkh salaam to the convenor of the committe, Ashiq Hussain, and all his comrades!

The second has been the visit of Lisa Buzenas and Kimberly Phelan, political officers at the US Embassy in Islamabad, along with their security adviser Khalid Javed, to meet dozens of people in Gilgit. PYF Gilgit-Baltistan has issued this clear and strong statement of condemnation of this latest US intervention:

We strongly condemn the visit of American officials and their activities in Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B). Socialist G-B leader Ehsan ali was contacted for meeting as representative of G-B lawyers but he refused to meet with American officials, saying that American imperialism is the biggest hurdle in the resolution of the problems of all the oppressed nationalities in the world including Palestine, Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan. Today, America is directly responsible for the murder of 15 lac [15 million] innocent people in Iraq, Afghanistan and the tribal areas in Pakistan – just for the implementation of the imperialist agenda to capture the natural resources of the world. America is also the biggest protector of world capitalism, the system that widens the gulf between wealthy and poor people and causes the global warming that is threatening the entire planet as well as terrorism and other alarming issues facing humanity. Moreover America provides financial and military aid to Pakistani rulers for suppressing working class struggles and the liberation movements of oppressed nationalities like those of the Baloch, Sindhi, Pushtoon, Kashmiri and Gilgit-Baltistan. Down with American imperialism! Long live the class struggle of oppressed people of G-B for socialism! Comrade Ehsan Ali Adv.

دیکھنا ہے زور کتنا بازوء قاتل میں ہے۔۔۔

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