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October 16, 2015

‘Make food sovereignty part of Constitution’

Lahore

 
October 16, 2015

LAHORE
Pakistan Workers Party President Abid Hassan Minto has demanded the government that food sovereignty should be made part of the Constitution.
Addressing a seminar on "land mafia and food sovereignty" which was arranged to celebrate World Food Day here on Thursday, Abid Hasan Minto said in order to give rights to peasants, the country should have new land reforms and all state lands should be given to its tenants.
He was of the view that the poor should be empowered and be made part of the assemblies so that the real representatives of working class could be made part of the governance system.
A country is merely not comprised of land but it is masses who represent a state, he said adding, that it is a basic right of the tenants to have ownership of lands they are tilling for decades. We have moved our case in the Supreme Court on the issue of land reforms and ownership rights for the slim dwellers, Minto said. He expressed the hope that his party would win the case and ensure provision of rights to the poor but deserving people.
Speaking on the occasion, Balram Banskota, General Secretary of All Nepal Kissan Federation, lamented that his country nowadays was being punished by what he called the Indian imperialism for adopting a secular Constitution. He added that this Constitution was aimed at serving the Nepalese but impediment had been created against its implementation.
Vast majority of Nepalese people voted for the constitution, but it was still being disputed by the Indians. The unannounced blockade of Nepal has made life of ordinary Nepalese a hell. He observed that the Nepalese government had accepted food sovereignty as part of the Constitution and expressed the hope that other South Asian governments would follow. Balram Banskota vowed to highlight plight of the poor of the South Asia in every respect. As per his opinion, both Pakistani and Nepalese farmers are suffering at the hands of multinationals and neo liberal forces.

Thus, he maintained, both needed to join hands and wage struggle together. Farooq Tariq, General Secretary, Awami Workers Party also demanded ownership right for tenants, saying that state lands should be given to them. He called for an end to feudalism in the country through Constitutional reforms. Mehr Abdul Sattar, leader of Anjuman-e-Mazareen Okara, highlighted the tenants struggle.