Pakistan and Indian civil society groups are jointly launching a campaign to strengthen better relationship between the governments of two neighboring countries and promote peace and harmony.
The Pak-India Peace Caravan "Aman Ke Badhte Qadam" will leave from Karachi and Mumbai on July 27, taking along with them the groups from different urban and rural regional centers to reach Lahore and Amritsar to show their strength to convey their message to their respective countries that they support peace and better relationship between the two countries.
The Indian caravan will leave Mumbai on July 27 to reach Amaritsar on August 14, 2010. In Pakistan, the civil society organisations are preparing to start mobilisation campaign for the same day, but the peace caravan will leave Karachi on August 6, 2010, a Pakistan Peace Coalition (PPC) spokesman said.
The Pakistan peace caravan will visit shrines of Sufi saints, Shah Enayat Shaheed in Jhoke Sharif, Thatta, Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai, Makhdoom Nooh in Hala, Sachal sarmast in Daraza, Khairpur, praying for peace. The caravan will enter Punjab after four days of traveling to Thatta, Mirpurkhas, Hyderabad, Hala, Khairpur, Sukkur. During the peace caravan, besides the events to discuss the peace, sufi songs concerts will also be designed to entertain the participants.
Karamat Ali, Executive Director of Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research (PILER) asked the civil society activists to actively take part in the peace caravan. He suggested that Pakistani participants should start their journey by August 6 and should reach Lahore on August 13.
The participants, mainly belonging to various civil society organisations of Sindh appealed to all the state functionaries in both countries to avoid issuing provocative statements against each other which will only serve to undermine the dialogue process.
They demanded the release of all civilian prisoners, including fishermen of one country from the custody of the other country, as suggested by the India-Pakistan Judicial Committee on Prisoners. Participants said concrete decisions must be taken by heads of state of all Saarc countries and they should be implemented in letter and spirit for the sake of peace and prosperity of South Asia. They urged the neighbouring countries to resolve the water-related issues between the two countries according to the spirit of Indus Basin Water Treaty as well as resolve Sir Creek and Siachen issue.
Civil society of Pakistan has called upon the governments of both Pakistan and India to continue the peace process and composite dialogue and make it uninterrupted and uninterruptible.
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