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Tributes paid after death of veteran Pakistani communist

TRIBUTES have been paid to veteran Pakistani communist and fighter for the oppressed people Chaudhary Fateh Mohammad, who died on Monday at the age of 97.

He joined the Communist Party of Pakistan in 1948 before going on to work for the party full-time, devoting decades of his life to the Marxist movement.

Mr Mohammad was tasked with organising the peasant movement and was elected as a member of the central committee of Pakistan’s Trade Union Federation in 1950.

His political activism saw him spend more than 18 years in jails and torture centres between 1951 and 2009, with every Pakistani government, with the exception of that led by Benazir Bhutto, incarcerating him.

In 2011 he was awarded the Faiz Peace Award in recognition of his lifelong struggle against feudalism, militarism and imperialism.

“Nationally respected for his political principles, internationalism, boundless energy and infectious optimism in a brighter and egalitarian future, Chaudhary Fateh Mohammad has remained an inspirational and committed activist for progressive causes and peasants rights over 72 years through the decades of ravages that progressive movements have suffered in Pakistan,” the statement by the Communist Party of Pakistan said.

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