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Greek activists force minister’s resignation

14 January 2006
Christos Markogiannakis, the Greek deputy minister for public order, was forced to resign on Tuesday of this week in the wake of the scandal over the kidnap and torture of 28 Pakistani immigrants by Greek secret services and MI6 last year.

Immigrants tortured in Greece as MI6 watched

07 January 2006
The British foreign office has been forced to admit that a senior MI6 officer was present at the interrogation of Pakistani immigrants who were illegally seized in Greece. The 28 men were abducted from their homes then beaten and psychologically tortured.

Eyewitnesses to the devastating effects of the Asian earthquake

07 January 2006
A delegation from Sheffield, including several Respect members, recently visited Pakistan and Kashmir, a region of south Asia occupied by India, Pakistan and China.

Pakistan’s poorest feel the aftershock

22 October 2005
Within a matter of weeks winter will bring snow to the mountains in Kashmir and temperatures will drop below zero. Without shelter, food or warm clothing thousands of people who have already lost loved ones and friends in the recent earthquake will perish.

The occupation and oppression of Kashmir

22 October 2005
The state of Jammu and Kashmir, where most of the casualties caused by the earthquake occurred, has been a bone of contention between India and Pakistan since 1947. India was partitioned by the British after a long fought freedom struggle.

Nato and Pakistani army fail to give earthquake aid

15 October 2005
In my village, Sir Sayebaan, there are dead bodies lying in the street 48 hours after the earthquake hit. There is no one to pick them up.

Community shocked as Sajid family is deported

01 October 2005
The local community in Teesside in the north east of England were shocked last week when immigration officials snatched and deported the Sajid family to Pakistan.

Guantanamo Bay: behind the wire

24 September 2005
Last week the former Taliban ambassador to Pakistan and spokesman for the regime, was released from the US prison camp in Guantanamo Bay and sent home — a free man — at the request of Afghan president Hamid Karzai.

World Social Forum: three crucial gatherings

17 September 2005
The next World Social Forum (WSF) will take place simultaneously in three cities — Caracas in Venezuela, Karachi in Pakistan and Bamako in Mali. It is set to take place from 25-29 January 2006.

Civil liberties, war and racism

20 August 2005
Manchester Manchester Stop the War Coalition held a public meeting recently where 100 people gathered at the Pakistani Community Centre in Longsight against the backdrop of the London bombings.

A community rallies to stop deportations

30 July 2005
IMMIGRATION officers dragged a Pakistani family from the community that they had made their home as part of an attempt to deport them.

A tangled web of loyalties and distrust

30 July 2005
The US has been a close ally of Pakistan, although there have been periods when the US has imposed sanctions on Pakistan or distanced itself from its ally.

Mass arrests as military cracks down on Pakistani telecom workers anti-privatisation struggle

11 June 2005
In a military crackdown hundreds of Pakistan Telecom Corp Limited (PTCL) workers have been arrested across the country. According to the PTCL Workers Action Committee, 1,500 have been arrested since Saturday 11 June, when the government announced that the telecom sell off will start on 18 June.

Strike against telecom privatisation in Pakistan

04 June 2005
A massive strike by telecom workers in Pakistan is threatening to derail the government’s privatisation programme which would cut up to 4.2 million phone lines. Over the last two weeks over 55,000 workers at the Pakistan Telecom Company Limited (PTCL) have been involved in strike action. The government’s first response was to postpone the privatisation in the hope of demobilising the workers, and then to announce that privatisation was back on. At the time of writing, the unions had just announced the resumption of the strike.

Anti-general strikes against key Bush ally

15 January 2005
General Musharraf has refused to step down as head of the Pakistani military. His decision has embarrassed the mainstream parties who have repeatedly failed to launch a movement to remove the general since his 1999 coup—and have instead sought to share power with the military.

Energy workers in their thousands take to the streets against privatisation

18 December 2004
TWO PROTESTS in Pakistan have shown growing opposition to the privatisation policies of General Musharraf’s military regime.

Oil workers demand right to share profits they make

11 December 2004
THE BANNER on the main gate of the National Refinery at Karachi, the largest oil refinery in Pakistan, read, "For the past 41 years, who has been producing profits at National Refinery? We have. So who should be the owner of National Refinery? Us."

Defend asylum seekers

21 June 2003
OVER 300 people marched in Manchester last Saturday to mark the opening of Refugee Week. They demanded the end of the war on asylum seekers and an end to their destitution. Zeesham Mirza, ten years old and originally from Pakistan, told the rally, "On Wednesday we will be out of our house, there will be no social or anything. My dad is not allowed to work. We have nothing."

They really would press the button - unless we stop them first

15 June 2002
THE THREAT of war between India and Pakistan has brought the horror of nuclear destruction back to the world. Leaders from both countries have spoken openly about the obscenity of "first strikes" or "second strikes", and their willingness to use nuclear warheads. A nuclear exchange between the two countries, with a combined population of 1.2 billion people, could kill ten million people in minutes. They are not the only states willing to use nuclear weapons.

Behind the conflict

15 June 2002
INDIA AND Pakistan teeter on the brink of all-out nuclear warfare. New Nukes by Praful Bidwai and Achin Vanaik charts the way Western governments poured arms and nuclear technology into the region. The book also explains how the governments of India and Pakistan squandered resources on warfare to the detriment of the mass of people. Kashmir is the flashpoint for this crisis.

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