Letter of solidarity to Labour Party Pakistan on the arrest of Ammar ali Jan and other activists

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Dear Comrade Farooq Tariq

Please convey our strongest solidarity greetings to the Labour Party Pakistan and add our voice to all those demanding the immediate release of Comrade Ammar Ali Jan and the other seven leaders of the LPP currently imprisoned for fighting for the rights of the oppressed masses of Pakistan.

Your comrades in the Socialist Alliance and in Resistance in Australia developed great respect and friendship for Comrade Ammar after he attended the 2010 Resistance national conference. Indeed Resistance has only yesterday sent a letter of invitation to Comrade Ammar to be a guest speaker at its national conference in Adelaide in July this year

We await more details of where we should send letters of protest and demands from the release of Ammar and your other imprisoned comrades.

Yours in socialist solidarity,

Susan Price and Peter Boyle
National Co-convenors Socialist Alliance

February 25, 2012

Dear comrades,

Thank you for your immediate response on the arrest of Ammar Ali Jan, general secretary Labour Party Pakistan Lahore. He was taken to a court by Kot Lakhpat police this morning. On hearing the arguments, the judge ordered to release him on bail bond of Rupees 30,000. Rabia Shahzadi advocate and member of Lahore LPP committee represented Ammar Ali jan in the court.

Ammar was picked up by CIA police yesterday afternoon. They dodged him to come along to Liberty police station where he was handed over to Kot lakhpat police.

Today, we had tremendous response to our message on SPN and Facebook. We also sent an SMS to all our contacts.

Asma Jehanghir, the former president Supreme Court Bar Association, called me to offer her help in the court. She also advised how to go further on this issue.

Thank you Asma for this timely advice and offer of legal help.

Scores of Ammar's friends and party activists were at the police station along with leaders of Progressive Youth Front. It was here when Ammar along with local youth led a demonstration in 2010 against continues power cuts. He was arrested at the time along with five others. This successful blockade of the main road led to a complete victory at the time and WAPDA has to buy a new transformer from a private company on urgent basis to provide the electricity for the whole area.

Saad Rafique, a member of the national parliament intervened in support of the youth and forced police to release all of those arrested. However, police arrested Ammar on the charges that were dropped at the time.

Labour Party Pakistan Lahore will organise a protest demonstration against this arrest and has called an emergency meeting to discuss the issue.

Farooq Tariq
Spokesperon for the Labour Party Pakistan