History of South Asian
2007, progressive activists and representatives from a number of
British-based progressive South Asian organisations organised a meeting
in Bradford to unite progressive forces to create a broad non-sectarian
organisation to project an enlightened and progressive image of South
Asia. They agreed to from a Progressive Democratic Forum of South
Asians. An organising committee was established, consisting of Prof.
Nazir Tabassum, former Lord Mayor Bradford Mohammad Ajeeb, Pervez Fateh,
Khalid Saeed Qureshi, former Lord Mayor Councillor Ghazanfer Khaliq,
Zafar Tanveer, Khawaja Waheed, Shah Mohammad Khokhar, A.D. Anjum, Azhar
Khan, Sarwan Singh, Fazal Mahmood, Sardar Abdul Rehman, Asif Naseem
Rathor and Comrade Mushtaq Hussain. They agreed on a draft Aims and
Objectives documemnt and gave responsibility Pervez Fate, Prof. Nazir
Tabassum and Khalid Saeed Qureshi to talk with other progressive groups
and organisations from South Asian background.
with various organisations was continued when a prominent South Asian
progressive leader, Sitaram Yechury Secretary International Affairs and
the Parliamentary leader of Communist Party of India (Marxist) visited
UK to address the annual conference of Indian Workers Association UK.
Representatives from Progressive Democratic Forum UK, National Workers
Party Pakistan UK, Association of Indian Communist (Marxist) and Indian
Workers Association UK met Comrade Sitaram Yechury in London on 15
February 2008 to discuss socio-political situation in South Asian
particularly in the India, and Pakistan. After long discussion to unite
progressive of South Asian origin in the UK, Comrade Yechury suggested
to change the name as South Asian Peoples Forum. All agreed to adopt
draft Aims and Objectives of Progressive Democratic Forum. It was also
suggested and agreed that Pakistan based activists to play leading role
in the Forum.
formation, a number of activities have been organised to bring together
anti-imperialist and progressive individuals and organisations to work
on common agenda.
Forum has a loose organisational structure and has presence in
Birmingham, Bradford, Glasgow, Leeds, London, Manchester, Leicester,
Southampton, Newcastle, Oxford and some other British cities. The
SAPF-UK drive main supports from Indian and Pakistani progressives. A
more defined structure has been discussed to be implemented during
2012-2013. The main emphasis will be to develop an active collective
leadership uniting around the core of objectives of the organisation.