Pakistan

1968-1969: Pakistani students, workers, and peasants bring down a dictator

An account of the waves of strikes and protests against the inequality, brutality and corruption of Pakistans military dictatorship.

Pakistan: The struggles of workers making footballs for the FIFA World Cup

The Russian Ambassador to Pakistan, Alexey Dedo, confirmed that his country will be using footballs manufactured in the Pakistani city of Sialkot for the World Cup. More than 70% of the world's footballs are made in Sialkot. Despite the “hallmark of quality” and “exceptional product”, the reality of their production is the brutal exploitation of the local working class.

Pakistan: Teachers and Farmers Protests Brutally Crushed in Sindh

A report on the crack down on teachers and farmers protests currently taking place in the Pakistani province of Sindh. Once again, the state's vicious response to working class protests has differed greatly from its hands-off approach to similar demonstrations and movements of Muslim extremists.

Student strikes at major universities in Pakistan meet state repression

Baloch students at QUA

The brutal and harsh measures against protesting students at Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad have again unleashed the true nature of the fragile Pakistani State.

Eqbal Ahmad Reader – BhoPEAC

Eqbal Ahmad Reader – BhoPEAC

“India’s nuclear program is a devastating threat not only to south Asia but to the world. The basic India Pakistan conflict seems to me, to be over Kashmir. And until that’s settled in some fashion – and we can imagine settlements. Eqbal Ahmad had sensible proposals for settlement. They could be pursued. Then maybe India and Pakistan could relax the military confrontation. And maybe, setting up a nuclear weapons free zone.” – Noam Chomsky

Thousands of junior doctors strike across Punjab

YDA strike

Members of the Young Doctors Association (YDA) are on strike across the Punjab province of Pakistan.

2010: Pearl Continental Workers Sit In Strike

An eight year dispute between hotel management and its employees union came to ahead in February 2010 when police repression prompted a sit down strike at the luxury hotel.

Strength of the street: Karachi 1972 - Kamran Asdar Ali

Betrayal: Bhutto addresses crowds before the election

A short history of the mass strike in Karachi in June, 1972 following the killings of three striking factory workers by police.

A stitch in time: the ‘orchestrated networks’ of bloody Taylorism - John Barker

'All Enterprises' Factory on fire, Baldia Town, Karchi, September 2012

An analysis of the global clothing supply chain, its technology and organisation of labour; it's historical development and recurring high death rate for workers, with reference to recent factory disasters in Asia.

From its beginnings, the sewing machine’s role in shaping global capitalism has been crucial. In today’s high-tech and globalised production landscape, little about the actual machine has changed. A fact which keeps costs down and makes sewing a point of intensive value extraction in an assymetrical and retailer oriented system. John Barker ties together the threads linking the likes of Walmart and Primark to lethal garment factory conditions around the world

Pakistani truckers on strike, blockading NATO supplies

Transport workers at a rally in Karachi, 9th Jan 2013

Truckers delivering NATO supplies to isolated coalition ground troops in Afghanistan have gone on strike, in protest against lower pay, poor security, and corrupt customs officials who demand bribes from the truckers. The unions are calling for other transport workers throughout the region to join the strike action.