Abid Hassan Minto

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Designation: President of National Workers Party (NWP)
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Abid Hassan Minto(born 3rd February 1932, Rawalpindi, Pakistan) is a constitutional expert and senior lawyer of the Supreme Court of Pakistan. He is also a literary critic and a leftwing civic and political leader. His legal career spans over 50 years during which he was elected member of the Pakistan Bar Council from 1966 up to 1983; President, Lahore High Court Bar Association (1982); Chairman, National Coordination Committee of Lawyers (1981 to 1985) and President, Supreme Court Bar Association of Pakistan (SCBA) (1997 to 1999). Minto has also been affiliated with the International Association of Democratic Lawyers (IADL) in which he was elected vice president at its Barcelona Congress (1990) and Bureau Member at its Cape Town Congress (1995). He was professor of law at the Law College of the Punjab University (1963 to 1983). Minto belongs to the Marxist school of thought in politics and letters.

Education

Minto attended Islamia High School, Rawalpindi and Gordon College (Rawalpindi). He received his law degree (LL.B) from the Punjab University Law College in 1955. While at Law College he was elected President of the Students Union and won and retained the title of
Best All Pakistan Debater or four years.

Politics

Abid Minto is currently the elected President of National Workers Party (NWP) of Pakistan, founded in 1999 following a merger of three leftwing parties of Pakistan.

Background: In 1967 Abid Minto joined the National Awami Party (NAP Balochistan). The following year, at the party’s general elections in Dacca, Bangladesh (then East Pakistan) he was elected member of its Central Executive Committee. In 1971, on the eve of East Pakistan’s separation from (West) Pakistan, a number of leftwing political workers from NAP and other groups, held a conference and founded the Pakistan Socialist Party (PSP). C. R. Aslam, a veteran communist leader was elected President while Minto was elected first General Secretary. He stayed with PSP until 1986 and was elected General Secretary three times. Following a split in the PSP in 1986, Minto founded the Awami Jamhoori Party (Peoples Democratic Party) in 1987 which comprised of dissidents from the PSP and members of a Sindh based left group called the Communist League. On 1st May 1999, the Awami Jamhoori Party, Pakistan Socialist Party and a faction of Pakistan National Party (led by Baloch leader Ghaus Bakhsh Bizenjo) formed the National Workers’ Party (NWP). Minto was elected its first President and holds the office to date by election. NWP is a part of the All Pakistan Democratic Movement (APDM) at present.

Arrests: For his politics generally, and especially during the lawyers movement against General Zia ul Haq, Minto faced arrests and detentions several times.





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Pervez Fateh ( Leeds,United Kingdom) Friday, August 23, 2013 4:04:00 AM (MDT - USA)
Minto was elected first President of the Workers Party Pakistan, formed after the merger of five leftwing parties and groups (Communist Mazdoor Kisan Party, National Workers Party, Peoples Rights Movement, Watan Dost Mazdoor Federation, Awami Mazdoor Anjuman) and held office until November 2012, when the WPP merged with the Labour Party Pakistan and the Awami Party Pakistan to form the Awami Workers Party. At the founding congress, Minto was elected president of the new party.

Rasheed khattak ( Lahore,Pakistan) Friday, March 16, 2012 10:09:12 PM (MDT - USA)
Mr Minto is man of principles who struggle all his life for the betterment of oppressive people of Pakistan. He always refused big offices from various governments and stick on his principles.

Mohammad Khalid ( London,United Kingdom) Tuesday, March 24, 2009 7:45:35 AM (MDT - USA)
Mr Minto is man of principles who struggle all his life for the betterment of oppressive people of Pakistan. He always refused big offices from various governments and stick on his principles.

Pervez Fateh ( Leeds,United Kingdom) Tuesday, March 03, 2009 5:59:10 AM (MDT - USA)
Mr. Minto has been a major force against military rule, economic exploitation, and oppressive social practices in Pakistan. During the Zia period, Mr. Minto was elected to chair the All-Pakistan Lawyers’ Association against imposition of Martial Law. Imprisoned by General Zia, he was adopted as a prisoner of conscience by the Amnesty International. In 1990, when Mr. Nelson Mandela was elected President International Lawyers’ Association, Mr. Abid Minto was elected as Vice President of the same organization. Declining many offers of judgeship in the higher courts and ministries in various governments, Mr. Minto has spent 50 years leading nationwide movements for poverty alleviation, rule of law, due process and equal justice in Pakistan. His principled stand and struggle against militarism, feudalism, nepotism and malfeasance has been internationally applauded. He has spent his life struggling for human rights, women’s rights, minority rights and rights of the working classes in Pakistan. Mr. Minto has worked extensively with and represented labor unions in Pakistan for many years, and is currently heading the National Workers Party which was formed in May 1999 and united front of left parties called Awami Jamhoori Tehrik (Peoples Democratic Movement) since 2006. The leading jurist of the country is also a writer in his own right. He has been associated with the Progressive Writers Movement since the beginning, and was the moving spirit behind the establishment of the Halqa-i-Arbab-i-Zauq which was the first literary movement of Lahore after Partition. He has a book on literary criticism, “Nuqta-i-Nazar”, to his credit.

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Mohammad Mohsin ( Birmingham,United Kingdom) Wednesday, April 08, 2009 8:01:32 AM (MDT - USA)
Excellent approach of Abid Hassan Minto. Very genius man.
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Kunwar Adeel ( Dubai,United arab Emirates) Wednesday, January 07, 2009 11:02:19 AM (MDT - USA)
Good points by Mr.Minto, rest of the politicians are just hungry for power & dont have any vision, how to solve problems,
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auranzeb khan ( peshawar,Pakistan) Tuesday, January 06, 2009 9:40:41 PM (MDT - USA)
great and honest individual
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Jalal ( Toronto,Canada) Tuesday, January 06, 2009 6:58:55 PM (MDT - USA)
He was the only person talking about public issues not about power or party.
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no clue about him
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