Citizens of India and Pakistan Call for Peace

THE CITIZEN BUREAU
Sunday, May 07,2017

 NEW DELHI: Over 200 concerned citizens of Indian and Pakistani have called for peace, insisting on the need for a ‘un-interrupted and un-interruptible’ dialogue to resolve all issues while maintaining peace and civilised bilateral relations. 

The list includes academics, physicists, journalists, writers, artists, musicians, activists and others from both countries. 

The statement reads: 

“In the 70 years since Independence and partition, the people of India and Pakistan have seen too many conflicts and the loss of many valuable lives. Enough of the distrust and tensions. Those who suffer particularly are ordinary people denied visas and those in the conflict zones, especially women and children as well as fishermen who get routinely rounded up and arrested for violating the maritime boundary. 

We condemn all forms of violence regardless of its objectives. 

Deeply concerned at the current rise in animosity and antagonism between India and Pakistan, we urge both governments and their security establishments to take all steps possible towards improving relations. 

We note that whenever it seems that relations might improve, some form of disruption takes place ranging from jingoistic statements to militant attacks. The traditional response to such disruptions only strengthens those who want continued tensions between our two countries. 

We move this Resolution towards a peaceful subcontinent and make the following demands to the governments of India and Pakistan, urging them to: 

1. Develop an institutionalised framework to ensure that continuous and uninterrupted talks between India and Pakistan take place regularly no matter what. Make dialogue un-interrupted and un-interruptible. 

2. Ensure that political leaders, diplomats and civil servants from both countries conduct talks on the side-lines of all international and multilateral forums. 

3. Recognise that the Kashmir dispute above all concerns the lives and aspirations of the Kashmiri people, and work to resolve it through uninterrupted dialogue between all concerned parties. 

4. Implement the 2003 ceasefire agreement between India and Pakistan. 

5. Renounce all forms of proxy wars, state-sponsored terrorism, human rights violations, cross-border terrorism, and subversive activities against each other including through non-state actors or support of separatist movements in each other’s state. 

6. Support and encourage all forms of people to people contact, and remove visa restrictions and discrimination faced by citizens of both countries. This must be further taken forward to allow visa-free travel between India and Pakistan. 

7. Increase trade and economic linkages and cultural exchanges between India and Pakistan. 

Further, we pledge to uphold the principles of impartial reporting and urge media houses on either side to prevent the growing militarisation of debate. We must act responsibly and stop broadcasting hate speech and creating public hysteria aimed at the other country and/or vulnerable communities. 

1. Dr. A. H. Nayyar, physicist, educationist, Lahore 

2. Aakash Chandran, Assistant Editor, Lighthouse Project 

3. Aastha Dua, lawyer, New Delhi 

4. Abha Bhaiya, feminist activist, Himachal Pradesh 

5. Abhishek Thakore, Co-Founder, The Blue Ribbon Movement, Mumbai, and South Asian Youth Conference Series 

6. Achal Arora, insurance professional, Meerut 

7. Adil Najam, Dean, Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, Boston University 

8. Admiral L. Ramdas, former Chief of Naval Staff and Magsaysay Awardee for Peace, India 

9. Afia Salam, freelance journalist, Karachi 

10. Afrasiab Khattak, ex-Senator, Islamabad 

11. Akshat Singhal, co-founder, The Blue Ribbon Movement, Mumbai 

12. Alefia T. Hussain, journalist, The News on Sunday, Lahore 

13. Aliya Harir, student at National Defence University, Islamabad 

14. Aman Alam, software engineer, Bangalore 

15. Amardeep Singh, author, Singapore 

16. Amarpali Singh, poet, Chandigarh 

17. Ameya Kilara, Leadership Fellow, Center for Public Leadership, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University 

18. Ammu Joseph, independent journalist and author, Bangalore, India 

19. Anand Chakravarti, Academician, Delhi 

20. Anam Zakaria, author, development professional and educationist 

21. Anis Haroon, activist 

22. Anish Mishra, independent analyst and researcher on South Asia, Singapore 

23. Anita Dixit, Social Researcher, Kolkata, India 

24. Anita Katyal, journalist 

25. Anton Babu, entrepreneur, Trivandrum 

26. Anuradha Bhasin, Co-chair, Pakistan India People’s Forum for Peace and Democracy 

27. Arundhati Dhuru, social activist, National Alliance of People's Movements, India 

28. Dr. Asad Sayeed, economist, Karachi 

29. Asma Jahangir, Chairperson Emeritus, HRCP, advocate Supreme Court of Pakistan 

30. Ashok Chowdhury, All-India Union of Forest Working People, Delhi 

31. Atia Anwar Zoon, Assistant Professor, Federal Urdu University, Islamabad 

32. Dr. Ayesha Jalal, Mary Richardson Professor of History/Director, Center for South Asian and Indian Ocean Studies, Tufts University 

33. Dr. Ayesha Siddiqa, research associate SOAS, University of London 

34. Beena Sarwar, journalist, teacher, editor Aman ki Asha 

35. Bina Sarkar Ellias, poet, editor and publisher, International Gallerie, Mumbai 

36. Chaudhary Latif Akbar, President Peoples Party, Azad Jammu and Kashmir 

37. Chintan Girish Modi, Peace Educator, India 

38. Deepak Kathuria, Association of Peoples of Asia 

39. Deepesh C, Assistant Professor, Chennai 

40. Devang Shah, International Law and Diplomacy student 

41. Devika Mittal, research student and convener (India) - Aaghaz-e-Dosti 

42. Diep Saeeda, Peace Activist, Lahore 

43. Dilrukshi Handunnetti, journalist and lawyer, Sri Lanka 

44. Dunu Roy , Senior Fellow at the Centre for Public Affairs and Critical Theory, Shiv Nadar University 

45. Ellia Khan, Officiating Director, PeaceNiche | T2F, Karachi 

46. Elsa D’silva, Founder and CEO, Red Dot Foundation, Mumbai 

47. Ershad Mahmud, Executive Director, Center for Peace, Development and Reforms, Rawalakot 

48. Ezabir Ali, women’s rights activist, Srinagar 

49. Farooq Shah, Managing Editor Kashmir Observer 

50. Dr. Farida Batool, Head of Visual Arts National College of Arts (NCA), Lahore 

51. Fauzia Shahid, content editor PTV, Islamabad 

52. Farida Nekzad, journalist, Kabul Afghanistan, South Asian Women in Media (SAWM) president 

53. Furhan Hussain, Researcher and Trainer, Islamabad 

54. Gauhar Raza, poet, filmmaker, Delhi 

55. Gen. Tej Kaul, Executive President of India Pakistan Soldiers Initiative for Peace (IPSI) 

56. Hameed ul Mehdi, Team Leader, Community Development and Entrepreneurship Foundation, Quetta

57. Harsh Desai, Campus Head, Thadomal Shahani Centre for Media and Communication, Mumbai 

58. Harsh Kapoor, South Asia Citizen's Web (sacw.net) 

59. Harsh Mander, writer, activist, Delhi 

60. Harsh Narayan, filmmaker and activist, Delhi 

61. Ilma Iqbal, law student and team member - Aaghaz-e-Dosti 

62. Imran Aziz, businessman, Rawalpindi 

63. Imran Zahid, actor, Delhi 

64. Imtiaz Ali, Deputy Speaker, Provincial Youth Assembly, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 

65. Irfan Aslam, journalist 

66. Ishaan Jajodia, Founder, The Mumbai Art Collective & Student, Dartmouth College 

67. Jamuna Rangachari, Writer and Website-in-Charge, Life Positive magazine 

68. Jatin Desai, journalist, Mumbai 

69. Jayaprakash Satyamurthy, Writer and Musician, Bangalore 

70. Jayshree Murali, Educator, VIDYA India, Mumbai 

71. John Dayal, writer and activist, New Delhi 

72. K. N. Panikkar, Historian, Trivandrum 

73. K. Satchidanandan, writer, Kerala 

74. Air Vice Marshal (retd) Kapil Kak, analyst, commentator on strategic and security issues 

75. Kalpana Sharma, independent journalist, Mumbai 

76. Kami Kidwai, Management Consultant, London 

77. Kamla Bhasin, social activist, India 

78. Karamat Ali, Executive Director PILER, Secretary National Labour Council and Founding member PIPFPD, Karachi 

79. Kavita Krishnan, secretary, All India Progressive Women's Association 

80. Kavita Srivastava, human rights worker, People’s Union for Civil Liberties 

81. Kedar Maddula, Wunderhaus Artists’ Getaway & Homestay, Pondicherry 

82. Kejal Savla, Program Lead at Community Connect Fellowship, The Blue Ribbon Movement, India 

83. Adv. Kenneth Joe Cleetus, Program Officer, Regional Centre of Expertise, Trivandrum 

84. Keshav Sharma, B.S. PPE Candidate, Northeastern University 

85. Khushal Khan, activist, Islamabad 

86. Kirthi Jayakumar, Founder, Red Elephant Foundation, Chennai 

87. Kishwar Naheed, poet, Islamabad: "Strongly endorse and requesting all India & Pakistani writers to come ahead for peace and dialogue" 

88. Konchadi Vasanth Pai, retd Company Executive, Bengaluru 

89. Kuldeep Kumar, Columnist and Commentator, Delhi 

90. Lalita Ramdas, Peace Activist, Pakistan India People’s Forum for Peace and Democracy, Alibag, India 

91. Leena Dabiru, Legal and Development Consultant, Delhi 

92. Madhulika Narasimhan, Research and Communications Professional and Core Member Aaghaz-e-Dosti 

93. Mahesh Bhatt, film producer, India 

94. Mani Shankar Aiyer, peace activist, writer, former parliamentarian, Delhi 

95. Mannika Chopra, journalist 

96. Mansi Sharma, Activist, Delhi 

97. Maria Patel, advertising and media professional, Pakistan 

98. Marvi Sirmed, journalist, Daily Times 

99. Maroof Syed, Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government (HKS) 

100. Maya Mirchandani, journalist, India 

101. Mazher Hussain, Executive Director, COVA, India 

102. Meenakshi Chhabra, peace educator, Lesley University 

103. Mehmal Sarfraz, journalist, Lahore 

104. Mohd. Afroj, Research Scholar, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi 

105. Mohammad Jibran Nasir, Never Forget Pakistan, Lawyer 

106. Mohammad Shoaib, Aariz Media 

107. Mohammad Tahseen, ED South Asia Partnership Pakistan and Convenor Pakistan Civil Society Forum 

108. Mohammad Zakiuddin Mahdi, Research Scholar, Uttarakhand Technical University 

109. Mukesh Arora, financial consultant, Meerut 

110. Najiba Ayubi, journalist, Killid Group, Afghanistan 

111. Nasim Zehra, journalist, teacher, TV anchor 

112. Nasima Karim, Co-founder and Focal Point Central Asia at Here We Are, Kyrgyz Republic 

113. Nandita Narain, associate professor in Mathematics, St Stephen's College Delhi University 

114. Neena Gopal, Journalist, Resident Editor Deccan Chronicle, Bangalore 

115. Nidhi Razdan, journalist, India 

116. Nivedita, TV journalist, India 

117. Nirupama Subramanian, journalist 

118. Ovais Sultan Khan, social activist, Delhi 

119. Pamela Philpose, journalist, India 

120. Parag Shah, Communications Coordinator, Asia Plateau, Panchgani 

121. Pawan Bali, journalist and filmmaker 

122. Dr Pervez Hoodhboy, physicist and teacher, Islamabad 

123. Pervez Majeed, Journalist, Srinagar, Kashmir 

124. Pervin Sanghvi, Consultant, Development Communications, Mumbai 

125. Praveen Singh, convenor for Milne Do and Students Right to Accommodation, Delhi 

126. Prem Shankar Jha, journalist, columnist, India 

127. Qurat-ul Ain, Lee Kuan Yew Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School of Government 

128. Rabeea Arif, Head of Graphic Design, University of Karachi 

129. Raheel Khursheed, Head of News Partnerships, South Asia & South East Asia at Twitter 

130. Raheem ul Haq, Senior Research Fellow at Centre for Governance and Public Policy, Forman Christian College 

131. Rahul Reddy, student, geopolitical analyst, technologist, humanist 

132. Ram Mohan Rai, Advocate and Peace Activist 

133. Ram Puniyani, Center for Study of Society and Secularism, Mumbai 

134. Rahul Roy, filmmaker, Gurgaon 

135. Dr. Raminder Jit Singh Founder & Director 'THE - SARA', Jammu 

136. Rashida Dohad, Executive Director, Omar Asghar Khan Foundation, Islamabad 

137. Ravi Kiran Jain, President PUCL, India 

138. Ravi Nitesh Srivastava, Peace Activist, Founder - Aaghaz-e-Dosti 

139. Raza Khan, Peace Activist, Lahore 

140. Raza Habib Raja, PhD student, Syracuse University, USA 

141. Raza Rumi, editor Daily Times, Cornell University faculty 

142. Raza Syed, journalist, Awaaz multimedia Group 

143. Reema Amin, educationist and peacenik, Lahore 

144. Rita Manchanda, writer, activist, Delhi 

145. Ruchhita Kazaria, advertiser, Kolkata 

146. Saba Dewan, independent documentary filmmaker, Gurgaon 

147. Saeed Ahmed Rid, Assistant Professor, Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad 

148. Safia Bokhari, peace activist, Lahore 

149. Sahar Alamgir, Masters Student and Development Professional, Islamabad/London 

150. Dr Saima Firdoos, physician, Rawalpindi/Boston, former board member APPNE 

(Cover Photograph: Sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik's work at Puri beach, Odisha)



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