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Omar Latif Memorial Award

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

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)


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:

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.

Muslims Not To Be Trusted?

The Committee of Progressive Pakistani Canadians (CPPC) is alarmed at the findings of a survey commissioned jointly by the Association for Canadian Studies, Montreal, and the Race Relations Foundation, Toronto. The results of the poll reported by the media, including The Ottawa Citizen and The Vancouver Sun on March 21, 2012 disclose that “more than half of Canadians mistrust Muslims,” and another large proportion of them believe that discrimination against Muslims is “their own fault.”

There is no doubt that these findings represent what sociologists call stereotypes which are defined as  distorted pictures in mind, not based on correct and verifiable information. Yet it is disturbing to note that so many Canadians (52 % according to the survey) hold negative views of Muslims which can generate hatred and even violence against a minority group identified on the basis of religion. Needless to say that such negative stereotypes also pose a serious threat to Canada’s long standing policy of multiculturalism aimed at promoting national unity and social harmony.

Stereotypes are known to be social constructions that serve the interests of those who create and promote them. As such it is important to know why a particular stereotype was created, by whom and for what purpose?

Muslims in North America have been increasingly subjected to such negative stereotyping since 9/11 when the powerful US administration decided to wage its ill-conceived global war on terror. This global war was launched with President George W. Bush declaring famously that “you’re either with us or against us,” thus pre-empting any rational assessment of its objectives and consequences. Today, a decade later and untold thousands of lives lost, mostly those of men, women and children in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan who had nothing to do with 9/11, the war has produced little by way of peace or security but a lot of angry and frustrated individuals.

The most recent example of this anger and frustration is represented by the actions of Frenchman of Algerian origin, Mohamed Merah who is reported to have shot dead a teacher and two students in a French school along with a few soldiers of his own ethnic background, and the American Army Staff Sgt., Robert Bales, who went on a killing rampage earlier on March 11, shooting to death 17 Afghan farmers including several children.

What is obviously common in the brutal actions of the duo is the malaise of post-9/11 times poisoned deeply by the war on terror. Yet one is astounded by the portrayal of the stories of Roberts and Mohameds of our blighted times in the form of two very different narratives by the world-dominant Western media. Whereas Robert Bale’s killing spree is invariably attributed to his possible suffering from PSTD (Post-traumatic stress disorder) with no reference to his religion or that of his victims, there is rarely a report that fails to identify the religion of Mohamed Merah and four of his Jewish victims. This is stereotyping at its meticulous best aimed at making sure that the connection between the villainous act of Merah and his religion is not lost on anyone.

We at the CPPC believe that the best way to promote peace and harmony in Canada’s multi-ethnic society and to prevent social phobias, including Islamophobia is to abstain from making stereotypical invidious distinctions between people on the basis of religion, colour, class and gender no mater in what situations they are caught.

The Committee of Progressive Pakistani-Canadians (the CPPC) is a non-profit organization of the Canadians of Pakistani origin who are committed to the values and ideals of socialist democracy, pluralism, and peace.

Faiz as a Trade Unionist

Rauf Malik, Surkh Parcham,, March/April, 2011 issue.
Translated from Urdu by Prof. Hassan N. Gardezi

This year Faiz would have been 100 years old were he still alive. Much is being written regarding his literary skills, poetic genius and social thoughts on this centenary of his birth, and more will be written in the future. But this writer is neither a literary critic nor a social analyst to comment on the beauty and value of Faiz’s literary and other enlightening works.

In these lines there will be an account of some aspects of Faiz’s life which have generally remained out of sight. In addition to being a great poet and intellectual Faiz was a member of our society who, not only was keenly aware of the living conditions of various layers and classes, he was also involved in frequent struggles to improve these conditions as an activist. Continue reading

Pakistan Left Parties – Statement on Terror‏

Pakistan Left parties will organize demonstration at Charing Cross Mall Road in Lahore on 10th April at 4:00 p.m. This is solidarity with the demonstrations on the same day in US and other countries to condemn the ongoing war on terror. Below is the joint statement:

Pakistan Left parties statement on 10 years of “War On Terror” Continue reading