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Who Rules Pakistan? : A 1948 Publication of Communist Party on Pakistan

14 September 2013

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In his Id message on August 6-a week ahead of the freedom anniversary of Pakistan -_ Qaid-e-Azam Jinnah, made the following claim of achievements in the ’ year that has passed:

“The history of the last twelve months has been - one of continuous struggles against heavy odds, but what sustained us during those dark days was a unity of purpose and firm resolve to see that our young State did not founder under the blow of our enemies. We have weathered the worst of storms and the safety of the shore, though distant, is in sight .... We can look to the future with robust confidence provided we do not relax and fritter away our energies in internal dissensions."

As will be seen the Qaid-e-Azam could not claim anything more than having saved the ship from being foundered and can only promise safety which is yet distant. Even this claim is unsubstantiated and a vainglorious boast.

FOUNDERING SHIP

For the ship of Pakistan is getting foundered at every step —and being towed by imperialist policies-by the selfish policies of the exploiting landlords and capitalists of Pakistan who thrive on communal passions and are secretly striking a deal with foreign capitalists for the joint exploitation oi Pakistan.

It has foundered on the question of Kashmir where its leaders entered upon an adventurous policy at the behest of the British imperialists, supported the reactionary Azad Kashmir Government and entered into a virtual war against the people of Kashmir and the Government of the Indian Union.

It foundered again on the all-important question of the Pathanistan agitation, when aping the British the Pakistan leaders attempted to subdue the Pathan tribes beyond the border and repress the legitimate aspirations of the border Pathans, of those of the N.W.F.P. for unification, self-determination and a democratic rule.

Not on a single issue has it gone forward to meet the wishes of the people. On the issue of industrialisation, on the issue of working-class demands, of civil liberties and democratic rights, of freedom from religious obscurantism, or even of refugees-there is not one issue on which the, leadership has come out as the champion of the people.

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Who Rules Pakistan?
Communist Party Publication (Bombay) | 1948 | 18 pages [PDF file]