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Omar Latif Memorial Award

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When our dear comrade Omar Latif passed away on 10 August, 2021, we were devastated. The Executive of the Committee of Progressive Pakistani Canadians agreed to an annual recognition of activism to an individual or organization who best demonstrates the principles and ideals Omar and the CPPC stand for.

We would like to award this prize annually so Omar’s name and legacy can continue on every year. As part of the process, we would like our audiences to nominate individuals or organisations who best illustrate the principles Omar lived each and every day of his life. Please visit the GoFundMe campaign page to find out more.

Omar Latif crosses over (1952-2021)

10 August, 2021 – The Committee of Progressive Pakistani Canadians is staggered at the loss of our dear comrade Omar Latif.

To say we are shattered does not express the depth of our loss.As many know, and we have shared, Omar had some health challenges of late, but we were optimistic about his recovery. After surgery, despite complications, he was in stable condition.

A short while ago, doctors removed his breathing tube and were prepared to intervene with a medical procedure, but there were complications.

After speaking with Omar, he asked to stop all interventions and after a while peacefully passed away.

We know he touched many people in many parts of the world and know that you share in the tragedy of his loss.

The CPPC will plan an event to remember Omar – his work, his vision, his activism and his great big heart. We will let you know, but for now we would like to take some time to grieve.

We will post here, on our Facebook page and on our Twitter account when we have details of a funeral or a gathering in his memory. Until then, kindly be patient.

Will Pakistan see political change in 2021 – with Alia Amirali

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This talk was live-streamed on Facebook

Saturday, Jan 23 -1 pm Ontario & Quebec time
10 am British Columbia, 11 am Mountain, 2 pm Atlantic
(England 6 pm; Pakistan 11 pm; India 11.30 pm)

Link   fb.me/pakistanicanadians

ALIA AMIRALI, an intellectual-activist is a notable figure in the left Awami (Peoples) Workers Party (AWP).

She was actively involved in the Lawyers’ Movement against General Musharraf’s ’emergency’ rule and has been a strong advocate for the restoration of student unions banned by another military dictator, General Zia-ul-Haq. She played an active role in the rebuilding of the progressive National Students Federation (NSF) of which she served as former General Secretary (Punjab).

Ms. Amirali is also a feminist scholar currently doing a PhD in Gender Studies.

An Evening with Dimitri Lascaris and the CPPC

The Green Party of Canada is having an election to choose a leader to replace Elizabeth May.

Dimitri Lascaris is one of the candidates for the leadership post. His many bold and radical proposals will be of interest to many, including Pakistani-Canadians, South Asians and other immigrant communities.

Please join us to hear Dimitri on the Environment, Indigenous People’s Rights, Economy Social Justice, Canada’s Military Budget, NATO, Police Reforms, Proportional Representation, Rights of Palestinians, Workers Rights and more.

There will be a question period session too.

MISSING: Enforced Disappearances and Extra-Judicial Killings in Pakistan

Join us via Zoom on our facebook page:
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Sunday, 20 September, 2020
1:00 pm (EST) • 11:00 am (MST)• 10:00 am (PST)


Harris Khalique
a long-time activist, is the Secretary-General of the premiere human rights organization in the country, the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan.

Salman Haider
a poet and writer of note, was abducted and brutalized by Pakistan’s security agencies in 2017. He now lives in Canada.

Celebrating freedom from Colonialism (A webinar)

23 August, 2020
4:00 pm eastern time

(1:00 pm pacific time)

WATCH AT: https://www.facebook.com/pakistanicanadians/

Pakistani-Canadians and Indian-Canadians celebrate their respective Independence Days with nationalism, flag waving and, generally criticising each other. The Committee of Progressive Pakistani Canadians will mark the occasion on secular, non-nationalist lines. The Webinar will focus on Britain’s colonization of the subcontinent and its peoples’ joint struggle for freedom.

Taimur Rahman is a Pakistani academic, musician and socialist political activist from Pakistan. He teaches political science at the Lahore University of Management Sciences. Radhika Desai is Professor of Political Studies Department and President of the Society for Socialist Studies at the University of Manitoba.

Pakistani-Canadians and Indian-Canadians celebrate their respective Independence Days with nationalism, flag waving and, generally criticising each other. The Committee of Progressive Pakistani Canadians will mark the occasion on secular, non-nationalist lines. The Webinar will focus on Britain’s colonization of the subcontinent and its peoples’ joint struggle for freedom.

Taimur Rahman is a Pakistani academic, musician and socialist political activist from Pakistan. He teaches political science at the Lahore University of Management Sciences. Radhika Desai is Professor of Political Studies Department and President of the Society for Socialist Studies at the University of Manitoba.

Aasia Bibi arrives in Canada – a bitter-sweet day

Aasia Bibi arrives in Canada – a bitter-sweet day.
(Statement by the Committee of Progressive Pakistani Canadians)

The good news for Aasia (Noreen) Bibi, is that she will, hopefully, live a life free of the always-present possibility of injury, or worse, that she faced in Pakistan. But, it’s sad is that she was forced to leave her home-land because of the prejudice, discrimination and violence that she faced if she had continued to live there.

Upon Ms. Noreen’s acquittal by the Supreme Court of blasphemy charges in October of 2018, there were huge demonstrations by fundamentalists protesting the SC judgment, and calling for her murder. Given that her life was in danger, the Committee of Progressive Pakistani-Canadians wrote to Prime Minister Trudeau in early November asking that she and her family be given asylum in Canada. We also circulated a public petition to the same effect at that time. Having said that, we do not take any credit for the asylum given to her – the decision was made at much higher levels – and thank the government for taking this step.

Since our inception in the early 1980’s, the CPPC has stood for secularism, equality of all regardless of gender, religious beliefs, nationality or ethnicity, for peace and against militarism and wars, for genuine democracy and for social justice and socialism.

To reiterate our views on this particular matter we want the government of Pakistan to i) generously compensate Aasia Noreen and her family for the agonies they have suffered and ii) severely punish the women who brought the false charges against her, Qari Mohammad Salim, the local mulla who turned a personal dispute into a matter of blasphemy, and the Punjab High Court judge who convicted her to death on flimsy grounds. Fundamentalist/terrorist organizations must be strictly banned, as must be any propaganda against religious minorities in the mainstream or the social media.

Pakistan should get rid of the ‘Blasphemy Laws’; the approximately 1,400 people who are in jails for blasphemy should be released forthwith. Over sixty people have been extra-judiciously murder on the same accusation. The government should compensate their families and punish their killers.

Pakistan should become a secular country where religion and state are separate. If nothing else, the examples of Saudi Arabia, Pakistan (at least since General Zia-ul Haq), Afghanistan under the Mujahideen/Taliban and Iran since Khomeini make this clear. People should have the freedom of religious belief – as long as it is not socially injurious. There should also be freedom not to believe.

The efforts to weaken secularism and growing prejudice against Muslims and immigrants in the west, including Canada, by right-wing forces must be combatted.

Religion is used by ruling elites to divide people. We must reject divisiveness and strive for unity of all.