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Mazdoor Kissan Party

Three Leftist Organisations Merge in Pakistan

The merger of three leftist parties into the Mazdoor Kissan Party is discussed in the context of a brief history of Pakistan's left since independence. The contemporary political challenges and the debates about organising left politics in such a context are flagged.

The Pakistan Mazdoor Kissan Party, Communist Mazdoor Kissan Party (CMKP), and People’s National Congress merged into one organisation on 20 December 2015, the Mazdoor Kissan Party (MKP). The merger was announced amidst red flags at a peasant convention in the stronghold of the party in Hashtnagar, Charsadda, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pakistan. 

Long spells of military dictatorships, backed by imperialism, have spawned religious extremist movements and provided little opportunity for communist forces in Pakistan to operate openly in a democratic set-up. The internal divisions within Marxist organisations have also contributed to a state of demoralisation and paralysis within the progressive community. The number of leftist organisations and the manner in which they have combined and split from each other, more often than not, leaves people outside of Pakistan flabbergasted. It is difficult to follow just how many organisations are created, split and then re-merged. Perhaps most readers are not very interested in this history. Most people are more interested in what the left can actually accomplish.

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