Lal Khan

The writer is the editor of Asian Marxist Review and International Secretary of Pakistan Trade Union Defence Campaign. He can be reached at ptudc@hotmail.com

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Partition: seventy years on

Partition: seventy years on

The ruling regimes of India and Pakistan are whipping up nationalist fervour with massive celebrations on 14th and 15th August to mark the seventie ...

Railway drivers’ strike

Railway drivers’ strike

As the political and judicial conflicts between the different sections of the moneyed classes and the state are unravel dangerously out of control, ...

Is Daesh collapsing?

Is Daesh collapsing?

Daesh faced defeat in Mosul last week. Iraqi forces and the Iranian-backed Shia militias recaptured the city. The Daesh fighters used civilians as ...

Kashmir's resilient uprising

Kashmir's resilient uprising

The mass movement which erupted in Kashmir in July 2016 openly defied the subjugation of the Indian state and its military — the fifth larges ...

Electricity  woes

Electricity woes

The PML-N government came to power with a ‘heavy mandate in 2013 but it remained one of the most unstable and fragile regimes in Pakistan. Wh ...

Trump’s divisive crusades

Trump’s divisive crusades

Donald Trump’s first foreign sojourn that began in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia moving on to Jerusalem and Vatican the bastions of the three theistic ...

Resolving S Korean crisis

Resolving S Korean crisis

South Korea’s newly elected president Moon Jae-in’s inauguration normally would have taken weeks, but he was sworn-in within hours of h ...

Dissecting Marxism

Dissecting Marxism

The 199th birth anniversary of Karl Marx was celebrated on May 5 this year. Once again Marx has been the subject of criticisms, and the raucous din ...

Class struggle continues

Class struggle continues

Every year, Labour Day is observed the world over in memory of American workers who lost their lives on May 1, 1886, when the police forces in Chic ...

Terrorist resurgence

Terrorist resurgence

With almost a dozen terrorist attacks from Lahore to Sehwan and Peshawar to Balochistan this week, the terrorists have yet again struck Pakistan wi ...

Invoking past leviathans

Invoking past leviathans

Last week, the UN lifted sanctions against Gulbadin Hikmatyar, the fundamentalist head of the Hizb-i-Islami terrorist outfit in Afghanistan. Initia ...

Militarism and poverty

Militarism and poverty

The militaristic mindset of the generals and the bourgeois political elites across the world has hardly moved ever since the times of ancient Rome, ...

Fractured democracy

Fractured democracy

So that’s it. Democracy has been attributed by the masters of our land as the ultimate destiny for the deprived, the impoverished and the opp ...

Palestine’s obscured cause

Palestine’s obscured cause

Seventy-two countries are due to attend the conference on Sunday, today, in Paris presumably to lay an international framework for a two-state solu ...

Is SAARC unravelling?

Is SAARC unravelling?

The SAARC summit to be held in Islamabad in November was cancelled after Bangladesh, Bhutan and Afghanistan pulled out following India’s refu ...

Manoeuvring wars

Manoeuvring wars

The relentless and remorseless orgy of killings, maiming and military occupation and oppression by the tyrannical Indian state exposes the internal ...

The other India rises

The other India rises

Indian corporate media and politicians portray India as the world’s “largest democracy,” the “Incredible India” with ...

Pakistan’s rogue elite

Pakistan’s rogue elite

In the last few years the din of ‘corruption’ allegations by political and media pundits, day in and day out, has perplexed the ordinar ...

The struggle in Kashmir

The struggle in Kashmir

Kashmir’s defiance and resistance’s refusal to surrender. Curfew was clamped again on Friday as authorities apprehended fresh protests ...

Shirking poverty’s reality

Shirking poverty’s reality

It has become almost as a ritual for the experts of the Pakistani ruling classes to fudge figures and exaggerate statistics like reduction in pover ...

France’s seething ferment

France’s seething ferment

Despite proclamations by western imperialist governments and their experts of an economic revival, world capitalism has not recovered from the shoc ...

Sham sovereignty

Sham sovereignty

The Pakistani political and state elite is raising the old rag of sham sovereignty yet again. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif criticised the drone stri ...

Corporate murder

Corporate murder

The rescue and search operation at the Rajput polyester plant in the Sunder Industrial Estate werr officially concluded in the early hours of Tuesd ...

Socio-economic tyranny

Socio-economic tyranny

True to its cause of serving the interests of rotten Pakistani capitalism, the current PML-N regime has unleashed aggressive neo-liberal policies s ...

Crisis beyond repair

Crisis beyond repair

History has repeatedly seen how obsolete socioeconomic systems have unravelled in the face of ruling classes and oppressive states despite their tr ...

Foreign policy woes

Foreign policy woes

In the current juncture, Pakistan’s foreign policy and diplomatic stature have taken a nosedive. It was probably the first time diplomats fro ...

Elusive independence — III

Elusive independence — III

On June 6, 1946, Jinnah and the Muslim League accepted the Constitutional Award. By doing this Jinnah in fact rescinded the Pakistan Resolution of ...

Elusive independence — II

Elusive independence — II

Official historians in India and Pakistan never missed an opportunity to paint elite, nationalist politicians as having led the “independence ...

Elusive independence — I

Elusive independence — I

August 14 and 15 are celebrated with great pomp, ceremony and fervour by Pakistan and India as independence days from direct British imperialist ru ...

The real adversaries

The real adversaries

In the last period there has been an increasing tendency of the ruling political elite to use All Parties Conferences (APC) and Joint Investigation ...

Ravaging the Middle East

Ravaging the Middle East

US Defence Secretary Ash Carter has criticised Iraqi forces for showing no will to fight against Islamic State (IS) during the fall of Ramadi. Al J ...

The investment ‘syndrome’

The investment ‘syndrome’

It would have been hilarious were it not so devastating. The only panacea the Pakistani religious and liberal political elite and their intelligent ...

Poor vote to end suffering

Poor vote to end suffering

In the current epoch, the most deceitful form of elections and democracies is to be found in those countries that are either directly or indirectly ...

Manoeuvres of Ruling Class

Manoeuvres of Ruling Class

While debates in the media and politics rage on about the issues of diplomacy, military campaigns, terrorism, fundamentalism, judiciary, constituti ...

Is Greece Europe’s new hope?

Is Greece Europe’s new hope?

Pakistani economists are quick to ape and emulate the European and the US bourgeois economists churning out their terminology and hypotheses withou ...

Fighting terrorisms

Fighting terrorisms

In the recent visit of US Secretary of State John Kerry to Pakistan, the hypocrisy of bourgeois diplomacy, the weak and pathetic condition of the P ...