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Faiz Day 2016

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The Committee of Progressive Pakistani Canadians celebrates Faiz Day on November 21st to pay homage to the revolutionary Urdu poet, Faiz Ahmad Faiz, The program includes recitals, audio & video clippings and singing of his revolutionary and love poetry. For tickets, please contact Mr. Abbas Syed at 647-524-1891.

21 November, 2015 at 06:30 p.m.
Burnhamthorpe Community Centre,
1500 Gulledin Drive, Mississauga
(Burnhamthorpe Road East & Dixie Road)
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The Failure of Anti-Terrorist, Social and Foreign Policies Leads to Terrorist Attacks:

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The Failure of Anti-Terrorist, Social and Foreign Policies Leads to Terrorist Attacks:
Vice-Chairman of the Workers’ Party of Belgium (PTB-PVDA) David Pestieau on the
terrorist attacks in Brussels Airport and in the Brussels metro and on the latest antiterrorist draft bill in Belgium. (Interview was published in L’Humanité Dimanche, 31 March 2016)

HD. What state is Belgium in, more than one week after the terrorist attacks?
We are still living in the continuity of the attacks in Paris first, and now in Brussels. The difference lies in the targeted premises – the airport and the metro – with passengers, workers, persons on their way to work, mothers, fathers. The first reaction was solidarity and unity against terror, hatred and division. Commemorations, both spontaneous and organized, were held at the Brussels Stock Exchange, on the Brussels Airport tarmac, in Charleroi, in Antwerp and in cities across the country.

Everyone wanted to defend our peaceful co-existence against jihadists and racists. All victims, all standing as one, in spite of the attempts by the extreme right to disrupt this growing movement of unity. On Sunday 27 March, four hundred hooligans from the association ‘Casual United Belgium’ attempted to break the solidarity in the cosmopolitan town that is Brussels, where two-thirds of the population is of foreign origin. This incident raises many questions. How come that, right in the wake of the attacks, with all the security measures taken by the authorities, these 400 hooligans managed to go from Vilvoorde (a city just outside Brussels) to the Place de la Bourse (in the centre of Brussels) without there being any reaction. There has been a laissez-faire attitude vis-à-vis these “black-shirts” who were allowed to trample flowers, chant slogans against immigrants and perform the Nazi salute.
The society is experiencing an enormous sense of bewilderment. Both in Belgium and in the rest of Europe, the extreme-right is trying to capture the anger in order to sow terror and division.

HD. The investigation of the attacks reveals gross negligence on the part of the Belgian authorities. Is this worrisome, with new anti-terrorist bills on the horizon?
The hour of truth has come. We demand answers to the many questions raised as to the
management of the terrorist threat and the responsibility of the judiciary and the police. At different levels, we can see that the government has been unable to protect the population. Hence it is clear that its policies have to be challenged. And the PTB-PVDA members of parliament shall oppose any new anti-terrorist bill proposed by the Prime Minister who, nevertheless, wants to bring new legislation forward as early as March 29. Attention must be given to the existing mechanisms and the many shortcomings. It appears today that these attacks could have been prevented. The ministers have to provide answers as to what happened to the very clear warnings received on Ibrahim El Bakraoui and the Abdeslam brothers. Serious errors have been committed. Hence we formulated 37 precise questions to the Michel Government, for we cannot afford such shortcomings any more in the fight against terrorism.

HD. What are the measures called for by the government?
Prime Minister Charles Michel and his ministers are committed to mirroring the path chosen by the United States and most of the European countries like France: to gather and record as many data as possible on as many citizens as possible, while, at the same time, the Minister of Justice has confirmed at the committee of inquiry that his services are being over-stretched because of an overflow of information. Likewise, the battery of measures taken – the army on the streets, the revocation of citizenship, mass surveillance – is inefficient and may increase the burden of operational work at the expense of the tracking-down of the really dangerous subjects. Another point to emerge from these attacks is the lack of structural coordination between the different services: the federal police, the intelligence services and the local police.

HD. What are the avenues proposed by the PTB-PVDA?
At the criminal level, it is necessary to target the recruiters of future Syria fighters as well as other jihadists. We have to be in a position to thwart terrorist plots through targeted police work. We also have to develop prevention, and deradicalisation programmes… We have to invest in employment and in the fight against discrimination, Belgium being one of the European countries with the highest rate of discrimination in job recruitment. Europe should also stop its pro-war policy with NATO and cut off the financial, logistical and arms support to IS via its allies, including Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey.

The Great Bengal Famine of 1943
(Event Date 12 September, 2015)

An analysis of one of the most overlooked episodes of mass starvation in history and what we can learn from it today.

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DR. JANAM MUKHERJEE is an Assistant Professor of History at Ryerson University in Toronto and author of ‘Hungry Bengal: War, Famine and the End of Empire’, an account of the impacts of hunger and economic violence on the people of undivided Bengal. Incorporating extensive archival and oral history research, Mukherjee draws structural links between war, famine, social upheaval and civil violence in mid-twentieth century Bengal.

Dr. Mukherjee will focus on the famine of 1943 and, additionally, will address hunger, famine and dislocation more broadly and draw links between the famine in 1943, that in 1974, and the “culture” of hunger that remains in Bengal today.

Ms. SUMANA GANGULY, the well-known and melodious singer, has kindly offered to perform a couple of songs for the occasion.

Admission Free

Saturday, 12 September, 2015
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
ACCESS POINT ON DANFORTH
3079 Danforth Avenue,
Toronto, ON M1L 1A8
(near Victoria Park subway)

Bulleh Shah Dehar –
(Event Date 22 August, 2015)

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Bulleh Shah Day

SATURDAY, AUG 22
Doors Open: 6.30 p.m.
Program starts 7.00 p.m.

BURNHAMTHORPE COMMUNITY CENTRE
1500 Gulledin Road
(Burnhamthorpe Rd East, Dixie Road)

TICKETS $10
Food: $6.00 per plate (vegetarian only)
SPEAKERS:
Ms. FOZIA TANVEER: ‘The Rebel Sufi’
Dr. WARAYAM SINGH SANDHU: ‘Message of secularism and religious tolerance in Bulleh Shah’

Musical Program:
SHAHIDALI KHAN
Also making an appearance: The brothers Baljit and Sumit Bains

For further information info@pakistanicanadians.ca or 647-524-1891
Organized by: Committee of Progressive Pakistani-Canadians

INDIA vs PAKISTAN • Religion and state in the two countries
(Event Date 24 July, 2015)

INDIA vs PAKISTAN
Religion and state in the two countries

DR. PRITAM SINGH, ‘Hindu Bias in India’s ‘Secular’ Constitution’
Dr Pritam Singh studied at Punjab University, Chandigarh; Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and the University of Oxford, and is currently a Professor of Economics at Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, UK. His books on India have received critical acclaim as path breaking works of scholarship, and his research articles and reviews have appeared in various journals including Third World Quarterly, Contemporary South Asia, Economic and Political Weekly and the International Journal of Punjab Studies.

DR. TAHIR QAZI, ‘Religion and Pakistan’s Constitution’
Dr. Qazi, a medical doctor and Neurophysiologist and Rehabilitation specialist by profession, studied at Allama Iqbal Medical College, Lahore and has taught at the University of Calgary and the State University of New York at Buffalo. He is well known for his extensive knowledge and respected as an analyst and commentator due to his thoughtful and balanced views on a wide range of literary, social and political issues.

ELIZABETH HILL, ‘Opposing Religious Prejudice, Strengthening Secularism in Canada’
Nine times elected School Trustee: 1988-1997 (York Board); 1997-2006 (Toronto District School Board)

Friday, July 24; 6.30 – 8.30 p.m.
Rogers Theatre, Living Arts Centre, Mississauga
4141 Living Arts Drive, Mississauga, ON L5B 4B8

Free underground parking.
Admission free.
Donations to help meet costs gratefully accepted.

Organized by:
Indo-Canadian Workers Association
and Committee of Progressive Pakistani-Canadians
For further information: 647-524-1891

Mass murder of Ismailis by fundamentalist terrorists in Pakistan

Statement by Committee of Progressive Pakistani-Canadians, May 15, 2015

The Committee of Progressive Pakistani-Canadians offers its deepest condolences to the families of the victims of the terrorist attack on May 13 in Karachi and to the religious community they belonged to, the Ismaili Muslims. We strongly condemn the perpetrators – religious fundamentalist terrorists who claim to be Muslims – of this cowardly attack on innocent and defenseless women and men.

The view expressed by some senior members of the armed and security forces and right-wing press that the attack was carried out by India is widely seen – and rejected – for what it is: a pathetic attempt to divert attention from the religious terrorist groups (jihadis in common parlance which carry out such heinous acts and maintaining the image of India as an arch-enemy to maintain their bloated budgets to combat that enemy.

In Pakistan violence against religious minorities has been used by vested interests to divert people’s attention from corrupt and authoritarian rule, exploitation, poverty, illiteracy, hunger, inadequate housing, water and sanitation and turn it against scapegoats, is almost as old as the country itself.

It was in the early fifties that the Ahmadiya community was targeted for which Maulana Maudoodi of the Jammat-e-Islami, amongst others, was identified as one of the key instigators, tried and condemned to death by hanging by the courts but later pardoned due to pressure from internal and external patrons.

After the Ahmadis, Christians and Hindus became the targets of violence and discrimination. In recent decades the Shia, too, have similarly suffered mass killings and the destruction of their places of worship; even sects within the Sunnis have not been spared by zealots and puritans claiming to uphold ‘pure’ Islamic values.

In Pakistan religion, rather than being a personal, private matter as had been envisaged by Jinnah and others, began to be fused with the state with the adoption of the ‘Objectives Resolution’ in 1949 – a melding greatly reinforced by the fundamentalist dictator General Zia-ul Haq (1977 – 1988).

Religious terrorist groups came into their own when Pakistan, regional reactionary countries like Saudi Arabia, allied with US-led imperialism, mounted their jihad against the April 1978 Saur Revolution in Afghanistan.

Since then religious fundamentalist terrorist groups, financed, armed and supported by influential sections of the Pakistan military and security apparatus, some civilian forces and the Saudi and Gulf kingdoms have been wreaking havoc in Pakistan.

(It should be noted that similar groups have been founded, armed and financed in the Middle East by the U.S. and its allies in the region).

The CPPC is of the view that the leaderships and members of the various religious minorities must publicly join the struggle for a secular Pakistan in which state and religion are separate and in which each citizen has equal rights regardless of religious beliefs. The law declaring Ahmadis to be non-Muslims, those discriminating against women and religious minorities and the ‘Blasphemy Law’ should be completely removed from the constitution.

We reiterate that terrorist/fundamentalist groups like the Taliban, the Tehrik-e-Taliban-e-Pakistan, Jundullah etc. must be vigorously fought against; any Pakistani military officer or civilian giving them support should be prosecuted and all assistance to them and fundamentalist schools from the Saudis and the Gulf Emirates should be ended.

The Committee of Progressive Pakistani-Canadians stands for:

* A secular society with separation of state and religion
* Equality of all regardless of gender, ethnicity and belief
* Peace – and against imperialist wars, Islamic fundamentalism and Islamophobia
* Genuinely democratic governments of the people, by the people, for the people, not by the 1%!

www.pakistanicanadians.ca
info@pakistanicanadians.ca

Faiz Day 2014 – Hum Dekhain Gey

 

Tariq Hamid and his ensemble performed musical version of Faiz’s works, including this rousing version of “Hum Dekhain Gey”

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Courtsey: Mazhar Ali
Hum Dekhen Ge, Iqbal Bano

Hum Dekhen Gey
Laazim Hai Ke Hum Bhi Dekhen Gey
Hum Dekhen Gey

Woh Din Ke Jiska Waada Hai
Hum Dekhen Gey
Jo Loh-e-azal Main Likha Hai
Hum Dekhen Gey

Jab Zulm-o-sitam Ke Koh-e-garaan
Rooyee Ki Terha Urr Jayen Gey
Hum Mehkoomon Ke Paaoon Taley
Yeh Dharti Dhar Dhar Dharkey Gi
Aur Ahl-e-hakam Ke Sir Ooper
Jab Bijli Kar Kar Karkey Gi

Hum Dekhen Gey
…………..

Jab Arz-e-khuda Ke Kaabey Se
Sub Butt Uthwaaye Jayen Gey
Hum Ahl-e-safaa Mardood-e-haram
Masnad Pe Bithaaye Jayen Gey
Sub Taj Uchaaley Jayen Gey
Sub Takht Giraaye Jayen Gey

Hum Deken Gey
………….

Buss Naam Rahey Ga Allah Ka
Jo Ghaayeb Bhi Hai Haazir Bhi
Jo Naazir Bhi Hai Manzar Bhi
Uthey Ga Anal Haq Ka Naara
Jo Main Bhi Hoon Aur Tum Bhi Ho
Aur Raj Karey Gi Khalq-e-khuda
Jo Main Bhi Hoon Aur Tum Bhi Ho

Hum Dekhen Gey
Laazim Hai Ke Hum Bhi Dekhen Gey
Hum Dekhen Gey
Hum Dekhen Gey
Hum Dekhen Gey
Hum Dekhen Gey

FAIZ DAY, 2014

FAIZ DAY, 2014
Saturday, November 29 (6.30 – 9.30 p.m.)
Glenforest Secondary School (3575 Fieldgate Drive, Mississauga)
Admission – $5.00 per person

The program will consist of:
– A few, short, literary speechesFaiz Day, 2014_11NOVb
– Poems of Faiz sung by the wonderful and well-known singer TARIQ HAMID

For further info:
Abbas Syed 647-524-1891
Fozia Tanveer 647-965-2295
Omar Latif 647-231-6771

Aqil Shah Saturday, Sept 13, 6 p.m.

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Aqil Shah is Visiting Professor in the Dept. of Govt. Studies, Dartmouth College, New Hampshire.

His focus is on democratization, civil-military relations and regional security in South Asia.

He has taught at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), and Columbia.

His work has appeared in Democratization, Journal of Democracy, Foreign Affairs, and several edited volumes.

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Mississauga: Saturday, Sept 13, 6 p.m.
Rogers Theatre, Living Arts Centre, 4141 Living Arts Drive

Toronto: Sunday, Sept. 14, 2 p.m.
Ryerson University, Room POD-372, 350 Victoria Street
(Approximately 250 meters north of Dundas, just east of Yonge;
parking under Dundas Square or on Victoria St) 

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Suggested admission price $5.00

Organized by the Committee of Progressive Pakistani-Canadians
www.pakistanicanadians.ca • info@pakistanicanadians.ca

Supported by: Progressive Writers Association Canada