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Tariq Amin’s Response to CPPC Statement on Khan/Tahirul Qadri agitation


I’m truly amazed at reading the statement of the CPPC, which is a blanket support for the Nawaz Sharif government. This is indeed depressing!!!

What “ghair jamhoori qowatenh” is your group speaking about? Are Imran Khan and Tahirul Qadri “ghair jamhoori qowatenh”? Or is CPPC speaking of the military; or further still, are you conflating the military and these two political heads and their respective parties? By not making this clear, your group’s statement is an uncritical support for not just the Nawaz Sharif government, but the PPP and the all and sundry, including the opportunist mullah parties. Continue reading

A day of remembrance for Christians killed in Peshawar

Most respected Community Pastors and community members

As you aware on Sunday, September 21st, 2013, two suicide terrorists blew themselves up in All Saints Anglican Church, Peshawar, Pakistan.

Due to their cowardly and cruel acts of terrorism, more than 150 parishioners have been killed to date and over 200 are wounded and struggling for their lives in different hospitals across Pakistan. Continue reading

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez Mourned by Committee of Progressive Pakistani-Canadians

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has left a legacy of solidarity amongst the dispossessed and between the poorer nations. His commitment to the ideals of social justice, equality and democracy paved a way for the Bolivarian Revolution that has solidified relationships between the Latin American countries without the mediation and meddling of the imperialist United States of America. Continue reading

CPPC Statement on the assassination of Bashir Ahmed Bilour

We the members of the committee of Progressive Pakistani Canadians (CPPC) are shocked and grieved at the assassination of Bashir Ahmed Bilour, veteran leader of the Awami National Party (ANP) of Pakistan, and a senior minister of the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Saturday December 22, 2012 by means of suicide bombing in Peshawar. Continue reading

Statement on the merger of three left and democratic parties

The Committee of Progressive Pakistanis of Canada welcomes the announcement of the merger of three left and democratic parties, namely the Awami Party, Labour Party and Workers Party, into the unified Awami Workers Party (People and Workers Party) of Pakistan. We live in a world beset by capitalist and imperialist domination, unending wars, growing poverty and inequality and social injustice. Continue reading

CPPC Mourns Jack Layton, 1950-2011

Committee of Progressive Pakistani-Canadians (CPPC)
News Release, August 24, 2011

CPPC Mourns Jack Layton, 1950-2011

Jack Layton, the leader of New Democratic Party of Canada and Leader of the Official Opposition lost his courageous battle to the brutal disease of cancer this week. The Committee of Progressive Pakistani-Canadians (CPPC) mourns with the working people and our democratic compatriots the tragic silencing of one of the most eloquent and strong voices against the increasing inequality in Canada. We offer our heartfelt condolences to Jack Layton’s partner, Olivia Chow, his family and his party.

Jack Layton is remembered by many across political lines for his courage, energy, passion, hopefulness, sense of humour, and compassion. He was firm in his commitment to social justice, to the elimination of poverty and homelessness and to equality of opportunity. He was a champion of peace and a defender of the environmental integrity of the planet.

Jack Layton inspired us Canadians with the vision of a better Canada and a better world. He made possible the emergence of the NDP from its historic position as the third voice, the vehicle through which Canadians could only express their dissatisfaction with the rule of the elite within the parliamentary system, to the stronger position of the Official Opposition with the prospect of forming a social-democratic government.

Many people who had lost hope found hope through Jack Layton. Many young people came to parliamentary politics through him. The message of Layton’s life and his last words to Canadians will remain forever true: the cause is greater than the individual. Layton’s death will enliven with his spirit the cause he lived so passionately.


The CPPC is a Canada-wide collective of progressive Canadians of Pakistani origin.
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On its 64th birthday – The State of Pakistan

As is the norm on 14 August, the government of Pakistan, its embassies, the ‘loyal’ media and the ‘superpatriots’ will churn out extensive propaganda extolling the conditions and achievements of the country. An
objective look at the situation, however, presents a different picture. The sixth largest country in the world Pakistan, by most criteria (see figures below), ranks low amongst the 200 or so comity of nations in terms of the quality of life of its citizens. A ‘failed state’ it might not be; one with a huge number of problems it surely is.

Pakistan’s GDP is 28th in size in the world, its per capita GDP 179th! Government revenue is small – mainly because the rich pay little or no taxes while budgetary expenses – far greater than revenue – are squandered mainly on the armed and security forces. Development and social sectors get short shrift. No wonder that the country’s productive capacities are stunted, fully half the population is illiterate, public hospitals few and far, the ratio of doctors and nurses to the population abysmal, the infant mortality rate high and life expectancy low.

The gap between the rich and the poor – common throughout the world – is eye-popping in Pakistan: lavish lives for a tiny minority at one end, abject poverty – including hunger and malnourishment – for large numbers on the other. The small ‘middle class’ barely gets by. High inflation – particularly for essentials – has made the situation even worse. Basic such as adequate housing or availability of potable water and sanitation, still eludes significant numbers. Many of those affected by the earthquake in 2005 in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir have still not been properly resettled while millions affected by the floods in 2010 remain in precarious condition.

Well over 30,000 violent deaths – more than in Mexico – have taken place over the past six years, mainly at the hands of political and terrorist organizations. Thousands – more than in the ‘dirty wars’ in Argentina and Chile – have been ‘disappeared,’ mostly by security forces, especially in Balochistan – a province denied control or benefit of its natural resources and under virtual army occupation.

In many aspects women and religious minorities are second-class citizens not only in practice but in law too. Fundamentalist intolerance and violence, which had reared its ugly head in Pakistan in the early 1950s, was ramped up by the military dictatorship of General Zia (1977-1988) and is widespread now. As is police brutality and violation of basic human rights.

We add our voices to those of democrats and progressives in Pakistan: It is in the country’s best interests to pursue an independent foreign policy free of US domination. Instead of hostility to India, and the consequent wastage of scarce resources on military related purposes, Pakistan must have peaceful, friendly and mutually beneficial relations with all its neighbours. All foreign intervention in Pakistan (such as US drone attacks, activities of Afghan, Chechen and Arab Taliban, Saudi financing of religious-political groups and sections of the security forces) must end.

A genuinely representative government must replace rule by the military, security forces and civil service hierarchies. The federal setup must guarantee equality of all national units, and the linguistic and cultural rights of all ethnic groups. The constitution must affirm secularism, the equality of all citizens regardless of religion,
and of women with men. Most important, Pakistan needs a planned economy with massive government investment to dramatically improve the country’s productive capacities and infrastructure – and a strong measure of social justice – so that its people can throw off the shackles of illiteracy, ill health, inequality and poverty.

Otherwise it is hard to visualize Pakistan’s future birthdays being much different than those of its past.