Obituary for Comrade Tufail Abbas
It is with great sadness that we learnt of the demise of Comrade Tufail
Abbas (1927-2019) on Sunday. Comrade Abbas was a leader of the trade
union of Pakistan from the early days of the foundation of the country
when he was involved wtih the Orient Airways Employees Union later the
Pakistan International Airline. From there, today, the Pakistan Mazdoor
Mahaaz, which he founded and headed, functions in the trade union
movement in all the provinces throughout the country. From the
early days he headed the developing communist movement in
Pakistan. For his pains he was arrested and tortured many a time under
the various regimes which held sway in the country and which sustained
imperialism, feudalism and military rule. Along with Hassan
Nasir, Shafiq, Azhar Abbas, and Zaki Abbas he guided the communist
movement over several decades. The circles headed by Tufail sahib were
in the forefront of the ideological struggle against Soviet and Chinese
revisionism which in Pakistan as in India have been retarding factors
in the onward march of the movement for People’s Democracy. He upheld
the view that the feudal forces were the main enemy of the people of
Pakistan. His support for the ideological principles of Lenin, Stalin
and Socialist Albania stood the communist movement in Pakistan in good
stead over the decades. Tufail sahib observed developments in India
with great concern. He expressed the view that as long as the communist
movement in India did not adopt a scientific line, there can be no
revolutionary movement in the region. At this time of sorrow and grief
we extend our solidarity with the comrades and family of comrade Tufail
Comrade Tufail Abbas ko Lal Salaam!
Comrade Tufail Abbas Amar Rahein!
Organisation “Revolutionary Democracy”, India.
10th September 2019.
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