No War demonstration in Lahore
Report by: Javed Ahmad, Lahore, Pakistan
While the accelerating danger of war between India and Pakistan, a peace demonstration in Lahore on 20 December demanded no war between the two countries. Over 100 activists of Labour Party Pakistan and Communist Mazdoor Kissan Party demanded an end of war of fanaticism.
They demonstrators were chanting slogans ” we want peace, Peace not war, bread not bomb, jobs not bombs, No to
imperialism and no the religious fundamentalism, long live the friendship of peoples of Pakistan and India, Labour against war, people against war and we want peace. They were holding banners and posters.
Speaking on the occasion, Farooq Tariq spokesperson Labour Party Pakistan said that we are not the policies of
Pakistan Peoples Party who are siding with imperialism. “We totally oppose the policies of the religious fanatics who are calling for a holly war on the name of Jihad with India.
We do not want a war in any case. The Indian and Pakistani ruling classes are acting on the direction of American imperialism and American imperialism is not creating a friendship between the two countries but promoting a war like
situation. However, these countries are partners with Americans on the so-called war on terror but American imperialism is the one that is promoting terrorism internationally. We must demand the two governments to hold talks independently and without any interference of Americans” he told the demonstrators.
Ali Jan of CMKP spoke about the state responsibilities in promoting the peace and not war. “we must a peoples
movement to stop the fanaticism of war. We must fight the religious fundamentalism who are promoting the war like situation” Ali Jan said.
The demonstrators d\were holding red flags and thousands of passer byes saw the unique peace demonstration at the
time when most of the people are told to be ready for war. Several people waved to the demonstrators.