Review of Miraj Muhammad Khan populist politics & experiences ..Rethinking

Miraj Muhammad Khan book compiled by Arshad Butt

In late 1960s many comrades had left communist formations in personification of people’s politics. It was a time of Mao, Chi and Castro, so rightly or wrongly they thought how to replicate it in Pakistan. Jamal Abdul Nasir of Egypt and Musaddiq of Iran had provoked nationalists and progressive element to work together yet objective conditions in subcontinet were much different from countries run under Kingships & totalitarianisms.
In Pakistan, some left groups tried nationalism (Sindhi, Baloch, Pukhtoon, Bengali) and had formed the National Awami Party (NAP) in the late 1950s and supported the Soviet bloc (misleadingly known as the socialist bloc). But till 1966, NAP was divided between the Chinese and Soviet camps, disappointing many progressives. Some of them had formed their own groups while some had joined the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP).
Analysis of those leftists who joined the PPP is still largely missing in the left narratives. Mairaj Mohammad Khan was among those who left Tufail Abbas’s communist group based in Karachi in the late 1960s. He joined the PPP, but quit the party in haste due to his romanticism (he admitted it in an interview with M Mir, available on YouTube). He also tried his best to develop a parallel party but failed.