Peace within, peace between
The Association for Communal Harmony in Asia (ACHA) headed by Dr Pritam Rohila, announces the launch of its Ninth Annual India-Pakistan Peace Day campaign. The theme this year, writes Dr Rohila, is "Peace Within India & Pakistan for Peace Between Them".
"In the last few months, some conciliatory efforts have been initiated by the governments of India and Pakistan, which is well and good. But on the path of peace, we are still far away from the point of no return.
"The situation is not likely to change significantly until and unless both governments conclude a peace and friendship treaty, featuring renunciation of war, overt and covert aggression, and first use of nuclear weapons against each other. The treaty must provide for settlement of all current as well as future disagreements through jointly approved/administered mechanisms.
"Any peace between India and Pakistan would be incomplete, if it did not allow for free flow of goods, people, and ideas across their common border. "And any peace between the two nations will remain hollow until and unless there is peace and harmony also in all neighborhoods, villages, towns, and cities within their borders, and all citizens are able to live, work, vote, practice their beliefs, and express their views freely, without infringing on the rights of others to do the same.
"Therefore, our campaign this year seeks to build popular support and encourage civil society leadership for promotion of peace WITHIN India and Pakistan in order to prepare the path toward peace BETWEEN them."
ACHA urges peace activists and supporters to organise India-Pakistan Peace Day 2012 everywhere and to celebrate it with activities suitable to this year's theme.
India-Pakistan Peace Day 2011 can be organized, any daybetween Pakistan's Independence Day on August 14, 2012 and International Day of Peace on September 2, 2012.
Online petition for peace
The Association for Communal Harmony in Asia ACHA has initiated an online petition aimed at ensuring durable peace between India-Pakistan, calling upon the Prime Ministers of India and Pakistan to
a.Conclude a treaty of peace and friendship between the two nations, featuring renunciation of war, overt and covert aggression, and first use of nuclear weapons against each other;
b.Undertake to resolve all disagreements between the two nations through dialog and other jointly approved/administered mechanisms;
c.Allow free flow of goods,people, and ideasacross your common borders;
d.Ensure the welfare of all their citizens especially children, women, and religious, ethnic, and sectarian minorities, so that everyonecan live, work, vote, practice their beliefs and express their views, without infringing on the rights of others to do the same.
ACHA plans to deliver the petition to the two prime ministers personally sometime in February-March 2013. Petition link:http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/india-pakistan-peace/
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