Leftist (taraqqi pasand) parties unite on one platform – Utho meri dunia ke gharibon ko jaga do

Leftist parties unite on one platform

* Progressive parties criticise US policies on Pakistan, condemn right-wing elements

By Hussain Kashif

LAHORE: As many as 14 progressive political parties and groups got together on Friday to present their stances and to unite on one platform at a conference held at Mehfil Auditorium.

Around 1,000 representatives of various progressive parties from all the provinces attended the daylong conference and passed two resolutions to unite all progressive parties on a single platform and to recognise Pakistan as a secular, federal democratic state.

The conference was hosted by the Awami Jamhoori Forum while parties attending were the Communist Party of Pakistan, Socialist Movement Pakistan, Awami Party, Awami Tehreek, Communist Muzdoor Kissan Party, Jeay Sindh Mahaz, Labour Party Pakistan, Labour Qaumi Movement, Mazdoor Kissan Party, Pakistan Mazdoor Mahaz, National Party, Pakistan Workers’ Party and People’s Rights Movement.

The programme was chaired by Jameel Umar, Azizuddin Ahmad, Dr Farzana Bari, Abdul Hai Baloch, Hameed Akhter and Jafar Ahmad.

All parties and groups decided to hold a meeting of the coordination committee today (Saturday) at the Awami Jamhoori Forum to consider establishing a single party of all the left-wing political parties, determine its organisational structure, policy and agenda and also discuss the recent district governments system.

Criticism: The participants criticised US policies on Pakistan and condemned fundamental right-wing elements, the Taliban and approaches of other religious parties.

After their merger, the Communist Muzdoor Kissan Party, led by Khaliq Baloch, and the National Workers’ Party, led by Abid Hassan Minto, participated in the conference under their new name, the Pakistan Workers’ Party, represented by Javed Akhtar. However, member of the Communist Muzdoor Kissan Party’s central executive committee, Taimur Rehman, said he opposed the merger and would continue to lead his party, along with some fellow members, under its previous name and ideology.


AJF seeks to ‘unite all leftist parties’

LAHORE: The Awami Jamhoori Forum, a Lahore-based organisation of progressive political parties and various factions of leftist parties in Pakistan, will hold a one-day moot called Conference of Taraqqi Pasand (Progressive) Parties at the Mehfil Cinema on December 25 in a bid to unite all leftist parties on one platform.

The AJF has invited all progressive and pro-progressive nationalist parties, which have separate agendas and interpretations of communism and socialism, and are following Marxism, Leninism, Stalinism, Maoism and the social democratic system.

The parties invited to the conference include the Communist Party of Pakistan, the Communist Mazdoor Kisan Party, the Marxist Voice, the Socialist Movement Pakistan, the National Party, the National Workers’ Party, the Mazdoor Kisan Party, the International Socialist Pakistan, the Awami Party Pakistan, the Jeay Sindh Mahaz, the Labour Party Pakistan, the Muttahida Mazdoor Mahaz, the Tabqati Jiddojohad, the Labour Qaumi Movement and the Awami Tehreek.

The forum has also invited progressive intellectuals including Hameed Akhtar, Khawaja Masood, Jaffar Ahmad, Azizuddin Ahmad, IA Rehman, Dr Mubashar Hassan, Iqbal Haider, Latif Afridi, Dr Farzana Bari, Dr Shah Muhammad Mari and Zahida Sheikh.

Nasir Iqbal, the organiser, told Daily Times the conference had been divided into three sessions, encompassing different aspects of issues and challenges faced by the country. Regarding the main theme of the conference, he said the AJF wanted Pakistan to become a people-friendly secular state, adding this purpose could not be fulfilled without a united struggle by all progressive parties in the country. hussain kashif


Here is an article by Asghar Nadeem Syed:

A must watch video clip: Utho meri duniya ke ghareeboN ko Jaga do – Kalam-e-Iqbal

7 responses to “Leftist (taraqqi pasand) parties unite on one platform – Utho meri dunia ke gharibon ko jaga do”

  1. love the iqbal’s poem
    thanks for sharing it
    it is important to get mainstream media access for the progrssive people of paksitan. I am sick of seeing all the ziaist pseudo intellectuals hogging the airwaves. sick of seeing imran khan (baby zia and establishment’s pet) represented as the hope for pakistan. it is high time people are shaken out of the slumber and real debate about constitutional reforms is undertaken.
    People are not interested in ‘third time premier-ship clause’ they are interested in removing all the inhumane articles introduced in the garb of islamic amendments by zia. People are looking towards this government to implement the all the other beautiful clauses in the constitution 73. Just read through it and you would realise where the real beef is.

    people are interested in social equality. I think PPP is suffer a lot if they ignore this part of their manifesto. they are a dominant force i punjab and they can quickly become the majority party if they start dictating the agenda.

  2. These so called progressives are all supporters of Lawyers movement……a bunch of disappointed peoples having all their expectations from CJ……Now they will act as a pressure groups against PPP with their anti american rhetorics and soon will be allies of JI types and Captain types

  3. Read What Mawdudi’s son has to say about Jamat-e-Islami

    On Mon, 4/20/09, Bint Waleed wrote:

    Islamisation: cure of all evils Qazi Hussain Ahmad Monday, April 20, 2009


    Complete Islamisation of Pakistan has been the genuine and long-standing demand of the overwhelming majority of Pakistanis. Not only that, it is also the appropriate answer to the lurking fears of Talibanisation, growing rapidly with every passing day, as a natural response to the suppression of this public demand at the state level.

    Dear Ms Bint Waleed,

    As per Sufi Muhammad [TNSM] , Judiciary and Democracy are Haram [Unlawful] in Islam, Qazi Hussain Ahmed should revive his Faith on Islam because JAMAT-E-ISLAMI has participated in several General Elections. Hail Sufi Muhammad….

    Where were these wondeful thoughts when Qazi Hussain Ahmed signing the LFO/17th Constitutional Amendment to support Illegal Steps of Military Dictator General Musharraf, Jamat-e-Islami shared power with General Musharraf Regime in Baluchistan and NWFP from 2002 – 2007 [MMA was the name of the alliance]. Why no and if you dont believe me then read the Interview of JI’s Founder Mawdudi’s son Haider Mawdudi and do read wht he says about Jamat-e-Islami and Qazi Hussain Ahmed.

    An Interview with Haider Farooq Mawdudi, Noted Pakistani Islamic Scholar:

    Haider Farooq Mawdudi, noted Pakistani Islamic scholar and son of the Late Maulana Sayed-ul-Ala Mawdudi, founder of the Jamaat-e-Islami(JEI), is one of the most vocal critics of the protagonists of ‘Jihad’ in Kashmir. In an interview given to a Lahore based Urdu magazine ‘Diwar-e-Shahar’ (August-September, 1998) he has openly come out against the present JEI leadership of Pakistani for supporting militancy in Kashmir. He has refuted ‘Jihad’ in Kashmir on the grounds that its against the tenets of the Quran as Islam does not permit a covert war. In this connection, quoting his father’s stand on the issue, he points out that the double standards in Pakistani policy of pursuing diplomatic relations with India while waging a ‘Jihad’ against it through covert means. He also castigated the JEI leadership of Pakistan for spending huge amounts on waging ‘Jihad’ in Kashmir and sacrificing the lives of thousands of innocent and poor people. Excerpts from the interview is reproduced below.

    The Lucknow based vernacular weekly, ‘Jedeed Markaz’, published in Urdu and Hindi, has reproduced the said interview on its October 25-31, 1998 edition.

    Question: In what connection, did you visit India recently and who all did you meet and why?

    Answer: I met different Muslim leaders, including Kashmiris during my recent visit to India and expressed the view that three wars have been fought between India and Pakistan over Kashmir since their inception fifty years back and therefore, the Kashmir issue should now be solved at any cost and the Kashmiri Muslims should get the same benefits which are being enjoyed by the other Muslims living in India. I told the Kashmiri leaders that they were getting their young generation killed without any reason. The education, economy and everything of Muslims is being destroyed. I asked them to hold talks with the Indian government and get their demands met legitimately and constitutionally.

    Question: Haider Shahji, what sort of opinion you have given there? On one hand, holy ‘Jihad’ is being fought in Kashmir while as you are talking about constitutional right, education and economy.

    Answer: (Retorting back) What kind of ‘Jihad’ is being fought in Kashmir, you do not know the difference between ‘Jihad’ and violence. The ongoing blood-bath in Kashmir in the name of ‘Jihad’ can not even be termed as ‘Khurooj’(revolt). You should study the ‘Fiqah’(Islamic Law).

    Question: But the ‘Jamaat’ of your father, Maulana Abdul Ala Mawdudi declares it as ‘Jihad’.

    Answer: Now, this is no more the ‘Jamaat’ of my father, this is now the ‘Jamaat’ of Qazi Hussain Ahmad. My father had categorically refused to accept the ongoing violence in Kashmir as ‘Jihad’.

    Question: What are you talking about? Kashmiris are fighting for their right of self-determination, which has been bluntly rejected by India. The Britishers gave Kashmir to India through a wrongful partition, which Nehru, Mountbatten and Radcliffe had committed through dishonesty?

    Answer: Maulana Mawdudi, in his interview published in the bi-weekly journal of Jamaat-e-Islami, “Kausar” dated August 17, 1998, has clearly said that the intricacies developed over the Kashmiri issue are the result of the mistakes of ‘our’ leaders who accepted an ambiguous condition of the Britishers that the accession of any ‘Riyasat’ to a country would be decided by the Head of the ‘Riyasat’ and not only by the dominion of the ‘Riyasat’. They also left the decision regarding the fixation of borders to Radcliffe and Mountbatten which resulted in the inclusion of Gurdaspur district in the Indian union and it also gave an opportunity to the Hindu King of Kashmir to accede to India.

    Question: Haider Saheb, you said that it is not lawful according to ‘Shariat’ to fight against that country with whom ‘we’ have diplomatic relations?

    Answer: Don’t degrade its importance. I have not said that but Maulana Mawdudi said this. I do not possess such a personality. Maulana Mawdudi has categorically stated that according to ‘Quran’, it is unlawful to wage a war by a country against the country with which diplomatic relations are maintained. He has further said that it one party commits breach of agreement then the opposite party should first severe diplomatic ties with it and then resort to war-tactics instead of maintaining diplomatic relations overtly and resorting to war-tactics covertly. He stressed that Islam taught ‘us’ that if we, want to fight against anyone, ‘we’ should fight openly and if ‘we’ wish to maintain friendly relations with someone, ‘we’ should stick to that relation without any prejudice.

    Question: Haider Sahab, Maulana Mawdudi was a giant personality and a great religious scholar. We should talk about present scenario. Jamaat-e-Islami is still spending a lot on ‘Jehad-e-Kashmir’ also rendering sacrifices?

    Answer: Yes, presently the situation is such that Jamaat receives Rs. 60,000/- for every militant killed in Kashmir out this, only 15,000-20,000/- are being given to the families of the martyrs, while as the remaining amount is eaten up by the JEI leaders themselves who have opened a factory of martyrs. JEI leaders have made money by getting others children killed. As far as they themselves are concerned, no son of Qazi Hussain Ahmad was killed either in Afghanistan or Kashmiri, ‘Jihad’ and his children are leading a luxurious life while studying in the United States.

    Also read interview of Haider Farooq Mawdudi, noted Pakistani Islamic scholar and son of the Late Maulana Sayed-ul-Ala Mawdudi, founder of the Jamaat-e-Islami(JEI) He has refuted ‘Jihad’ in Kashmir on the grounds that it is against the tenents of the Quran as Islam does not permit a covert war.

    In Islam there exists only two permanent sources for distinguishing between the ‘sacred’ and the ‘profane, ‘religious’ and ‘temporal’ and between ‘Islamic’ and ‘unIslamic’. Though, with the growth and development of Islamic societies, various schools of Islamic jurisprudence emerged, only the Quran and the Hadees (traditions of the Prophet) provide fundamental sources from which solutions for pressing contemporary socio-political and economic problems could be deduced. Amongst the believers, from times immemorial, the fundamental questions like ‘what is Islam?’ and ‘who is the true Muslim?’ have remained difficult questions to be resolved. Since the Ulemas interpretation varied depending upon the emergence of Islam in a particular society, Prophet Mohammad’s (SAW) life was accepted to be the guiding spirit of Islam and he himself was accepted as the first true Muslim. It was natural, therefore, to accept the Hadees as the reference point or the correct praxis of a true Muslim. Therefore, a true Muslim was considered to be one who was committed to the teachings of the Quran and the praxis of Prophet Mohammad (SAW).

    The declaration of jihad in the Islamic tradition is viewed as a serious deliberation on the Islamic interpretation of ‘religious war’, which has to be waged to protect the right to faith of the ‘Ummah’. During medieval times since the caliph was accepted by the ‘Ummah’ as the religious and the temporal head of the faith, he had the power to declare jihad in order to save the faith from infidels opposed to the preservation and sustenance of the Islamic order. Therefore, the declaration of jihad was only sanctioned in an extreme situation and was an open act of taking recourse to force in defence of the faith and was waged only against the kafirs, jahils, and societies and orders restricting the growth of the ‘Ummah.’ In Hadees, this has been considered as an extreme step and can be sanctioned and executed by the Muslims only in defence of the faith and not in mere matters of political expediency. Prophet Mohammad (SAW) has clarified this issue in the Battle of Badar where the defence of Islam was primarily against the non-believers, a majority of whom were the Prophet’s own relatives like Abbas, Aqil and Abul-Aas. The bonds of kinship and nationality were broken in defence of the belief. Similarly, in the capture of Mecca, Prophet led the Army of the Ansars of Madina to attack his hometown, for the sake of faith only and not for the sake of occupying the land or for taking revenge against some people. Further, any deviation of interpretation of the jihad thus was construed as an act of hypocrisy or Munafiq, punishment for which was much more severe than against the kafirs.

    In recent times, the concept of jihad has been subjected to various interpretations essentially on account of the secondary sources of consensus (ijma), analogy (qiyas), reason (aql) and finally ijtihad or the legal practice whereby a jurist applies his independent effort to deduce unavailable laws from the sources. Ijtihad implies the application of human reason and rationality. It constitutes a bridge between eternally valid divine injunctions and time specific requirements of every age. It is the key to providing an Islamic interpretation of modern developments and circumstances. While, since the 10th Century AD, the traditional Sunni Ulema have prohibited the application of ijtihad, the Sunni revivalists continued its usage. Allama Iqbal even went to the extent of stating that “modern Islam was not bound by this voluntary surrender of intellectual independence”. (The Reconstruction of Religious Thought in Islam). Therefore, Islamic revivalists and scholars have differed in the Islamic interpretations of social, political and economic issues and concerns. The concept of right to ikhtilaf, to differ in opinion on legal issues pertaining to non-primary sources, legitimises such diversity of opinion.

    Friend, your acceptance of Kashmir as a Dar-ul-Harb is not in consonance with the spirit of the Quran and the Hadees and is probably based upon the ijtihad of few contemporary Islamic revivalists. While, your unflinching support to your belief is understandable, you may appreciate that there is a larger community of Islamic thinkers and scholars who think otherwise and have the right to ikhtilaf. Therefore, I reiterate my contention that there is no case for jihad in Kashmir and I would like to embellish my arguments delving deep into contemporary Islamic history and the socio-economic changes which have contributed substantially to the emergence of radical Islam. The ikhtilaf of many contemporary Islamic scholars is also detailed for your benefit.

    Islamic societies, especially in the 19th and 20th centuries, whenever it came in touch with colonial powers, the threat to the religion was felt maximum by Islamic scholars and leaders, who in turn lent their support to the radicalization of Islam. It was a natural reaction as it involved the preservation of one’s identity. Many of the 20th century Islamic revivalists readers like Sayyid Jamal al-Din ‘al-Afghani’, Sayyid Qutb, Maulana Mawdudi and Ayatollah Khomeini, when confronted with the onslaught of the western civilisation have appealed to the socially, economically and politically disinherited Muslim populace to rise and accept revolutionary Islam as a potent ideology for the emancipation of the ‘Ummah’. The socio-economic and political backwardness of the respective societies provided an ideal breeding ground for its rapid spread. Much of their efforts at homogenising and syndicating a formal version of Islam was a natural reaction to the existing socio-political conditions. However, this phase was also marked by nationalist movements all over the world in the wake of crumbling of the world imperialist edifice.

    In the Islamic nations also this phenomenon struck deep roots, and saw the emergence of the Turkish, Arab (Bath movement), Palestinian, Indonesian and the Iranian freedom struggles. However, with the discovery of oil and the emergence of Middle East as an important financial centre during the middle of the century, neo-imperialist forces entered that arena with a highly discriminatory agenda of economic exploitation of these Islamic societies, whereby maximum benefits of growth was cornered by a minuscule of the elite. Once again to tide over the emerging crisis revivalist thinkers looked towards revolutionary Islam as the panacea for the liberation of vast, deprived sections of society. The superpower rivalry also witnessed the emergence of various theatres of conflict in the international arena, like Afghanistan, Middle East, Iraq and Iran, etc. which also contributed to the growth of pan Islamic movements of the region. The Pakistani role in Kashmir and the international Islamic response to the Kashmir issue has to be understood in this context.

    Kashmir is a Muslim majority state with a sprinkling of Hindus and Buddhists. Since 1989, the region has witnessed turmoil and militancy partly due to certain genuine political demands of the Kashmiri Muslims and partly due to the role of Pakistan in propping up a covert proxy war against India. Even during the height of the ‘movement’, in the early 1990s, the leaders of the ‘movement’ never subscribed to the view that it was a jihad against an oppressive Hindu Indian government. The indigenous Kashmiri Muslim leadership has always voiced the quintessence of the Kashmiri people’s aspirations as their right to self-determination and never as jihad. Therefore, does it follow that Shabbier Shah, Yasin Malik and Umar Farooq are in any way not true Muslims as the don’t believe it to be a jihad? Moreover, their open pronouncements of Hindu-Muslim unity should therefore be interpreted as defiance against their faith.

    20. Those who believe, and emigrate
    And strive with might
    And main, in Allah’s cause, 1270
    With their goods and their persons,
    Have the highest rank
    In the sight of Allah:
    They are the people
    Who will achieve (salvation)

    Here is a good description of Jihad. It may require fighting in Allah’s cause, as a form of self-sacrifice. But its essence consists in (1) a true and sincere Faith, which so fixes its gaze on Allah, that all selfish or wordly motives seem paltry and fade away, and (2) an earnest and ceaseless activity, involving the sacrifice (if need be) of life, person or property, in the service of Allah. Mere brutal fighting is opposed to the whole spirit of Jihad, while the sincere scholar’s pen pr preacher’s voice or wealthy man’s contributions may the most valuable forms of Jihad. Taken from “The Holy Quran” – English translation of the meanings and commentary, revised and edited by The Presidency of Islamic Researchers, IFTA, call and guidance. The custodian of the two holy mosques King Fahd complex.

    While militant organisations like Lashkar-e-Toiba and Harkat-ul-Ansar continue to advocate and justify a strong case for jihad in Kashmir, a greater number of Muslims including very respected Islamic scholars reject the idea. Both the protagonists in favour of the jihad in Kashmir and their opponents strongly base their convictions and draw inspiration from the Quran and Hadees. Therefore, it is quite clear that their respective understanding is based upon ijtihad. Further, the protagonists form only a minuscule of the Muslim population of the Indian subcontinent (approximately 15 million) while the majority of opinion amongst the Muslims is one for peaceful coexistence with other communities. Amongst the 57 Muslim countries in the world, it is only India which has around 350,000 functioning mosques for the believers, probably the highest in any part of the world. It is this state of affairs which prompts renowned Islamic scholars like Maulana Wahid-ud-din Khan to reject the concept of jihad on the grounds that the Muslims have both peace and freedom vis-a-vis their faith in India.

    To delve further into history, one of the most important Islamic revivalist and thinkers Maulana Sayyid Abu’l-A’la Mawdudi (founder, Jamaat-e-Islami) during his life time had rejected the case of jihad in Kashmir and underwent imprisonment on charges of sedition in Pakistan. In 1947, while observing standstill agreement with the J&K government, Pakistan had covertly supported insurgency in the Valley by despatching a large number of tribals spearheaded by armed paramilitary units characterising their struggle as jihad. Mawdudi rejected the government efforts by arguing that the vigilante groups could not be fighting a jihad nor could the Pakistani government surreptitiously support a jihad when observing a standstill agreement. According to him, jihad had to be properly declared by the central government in justifying a legitimate and ongoing war. Jihad declared, failing this criteria could be construed as declared in circumstances of hypocrisy (Munafiq). Covert war was not acceptable in Islam, he argued. In 1965, also notwithstanding Ayub Khan’s open appeal to Maulana Mawdudi to support his war efforts against India by declaring a jihad, Mawdudi refused to comply.

    It was later during the tenure (early 90s) of Qazi Hussain Ahmed that the Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan for the first time accepted the case for jihad in J&K to thwart the ‘azaadi’ groups from dominating the political struggle. More recently, Maulana Haider Farooq Mawdudi (son of Maulana Mawdudi) reiterated his father’s rejection of jihad in Kashmir in an interview to the Urdu magazine Diwar-e-Shahar (Lahore based) and clarified that accepting the Jamaat-e-Islami’s advocacy of jihad in J&K was totally in disagreement with the spirit of the Quran as Islam did not recognise covert war. The Pakistan government’s support to the insurgency and at the same time maintaining diplomatic relations with India was tantamount to acts of ‘hypocrisy’ and were ‘unIslamic’. Significantly, the Jamaat-e-Islami (J&K) has also changed tack on this issue and the present Aamir-e-Jamaat, G.M. Bhutt has openly condemned violence being perpetrated by militant groups in the Valley and has clarified that the future role of the Jamaat would be focused only on imparting the Dini-Talim. Further, the Kashmiri people’s large scale participation in the recent elections only re-established their rejection of the gun culture and signifies faith in the democratic traditions of the country.

    Brothers, therefore, your understanding of Dar-ul-Harb can only be justified on the grounds of a jihad against the kafirs based upon the concept of Taqfir or apostasy, which the Quran and Hadees only permit in a situation where the faith is in danger from infidels. Are the mosques, khanqas, and ziarats in Kashmir under the siege of security forces who are restricting the ‘ummah’ from offering prayers? Kashmir, according to me, and millions of Muslims of the subcontinent is a part of the Dar-ul-Sullah, a land of peaceful co-existence which incidentally accounts for over 150 million Muslims of the world. Your interpretation is, therefore, utterly baseless and deviant from the spirit of the holy Quran and the Hadees; perhaps a position of a Munafiq. Written by Md. Sadiq with the help of Ulemas November 1998

    URL: http://www.jammu-kashmir.com/insights/insight9811b.html

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    ‘MMA was created by ISI’ RECORDER REPORT [Courtesy Business Recorder 2005]


    MULTAN (February 16 2005): Farooq Maudoodi son of founder of Jamaat-i-Islami, late Abul Aala Maudoodi, has said that Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal (MMA) had been created by ISI and it is a part and parcel of the military government and cannot part ways with President Pervez Musharraf. Talking to a group of journalists here on Tuesday he said: “Qazi Hussain Ahmed met the then ISI chief, General Ehsan-ul-Haq, then called on General Pervez Musharraf and later met US ambassador, then flew to United States. As soon as he returned, MMA was formed like IJI (Islami jamhoori Ittehad).”

    He said that IJI was organised by ISI and funds were also provided by it on the assurance of Qazi Hussain Ahmed, who had also played a key role in IJI. “Now he is playing major role in MMA.”

    Bitterly criticising the MMA, Farooq said that the role of MMA is evidence of its loyalties with military regime. It had approved the 17th constitutional amendment which is in favour of the present regime.

    He said: “Where has the MMA movement gone while its leadership is claiming that it would continue till the achievement of objective of ‘Uniform’?”

    Farooq said that Benazir knew very well about MMA and she had some reservations about it. He said that ISI has complete record of MMA leaders and they cannot escape. He said that politics ended in 1958 when Ayub imposed martial law. He said that plundering of evacuee trust property (Auqaf) and politics of clerics destroyed the politics of the country.

    Regarding deletion of column of ‘religion’ from Passport, he said that it was a good step and Ulema should have welcomed it but they made it part of their agitation to hoodwink the innocent Muslims.

    Farooq said that some bad things were added in the constitution by Zia-ul-Haq, which must be excluded, which had bred many ills.

    REFERENCE: Haider Farooq Mawdudi on Mawdudi and Jamat-e-Islami after Mawdudi.