Group of students and young professionals supporting Indo-Pak peace reaches out to political parties of India, requests better ties through an Open letter

By TCN News,

New Delhi: Aaghaz-e-Dosti, which is a group of students and young professionals working for Indo-Pak peace on both sides of the border, in a press release on Wednesday, 2nd April, appealed to all the Political Parties to breathe ‘the spirit of peace, love and friendship’ into the daily lives of all South Asians particularly, Indians and Pakistanis, requesting the parties to include ‘better relations with Pakistan’ as one of their agenda in election campaign. This request comes second in the series, the first of which was made to the political parties in Pakistan during 2013 election there.

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Saying that the people of the Indian sub-continent are the most peace loving people, though over the last 67 years, India and Pakistan have parted ways over some issues which should have been important for both the countries; Aaghaz-e-Dosti (AeD) expresses confidence that it is possible to maintain those differences without any loss of mutual regard. While rest of the world has moved on in every aspect, we, for some reasons, are long left with weathering attacks from each other, complains AeD.

Recently in 2013 Pakistan underwent a successful democratic election for the second time consecutively, after which much fastening in the Indo-Pak ties has been witnessed. It is overwhelming to note that the representatives of the political parties in India, for 2014 Lok Sabha election, are seeking to work to meet India’s domestic, regional and global challenges through a common nation building vision, shared values, shared goals, best strategic international relationships, and alliances nurtured by visionary leadership, appraised AeD.

Unfortunately there is an indirect stimulation of the Indo-Pak divide as an election strategy for victory; AeD refers to social Media in this claim. Expressing concern the letter says, yet, the last 67 years have conclusively proved such things are leading us to no good but to racial violence and a more dangerous society.

The “Indian cultural” pattern that has developed in a context ranging for more than a thousand years provides the common cultural and historical ground to both the countries, where there are great stories of peaceful coexistence and harmony. As a response to the demands of global context, even many blood thirty states have come closer in cooperative mood, so why not India and Pakistan!, questioned AeD.

Aaghaz-e-Dosti called on all politicians to remember that democracy is about the people and every person on earth desires peace. The people of both sides are not interested to go back and revise the chapters of the chaotic and unwanted 67 years of rivalry, cold war, bloodshed and unwanted LOC causalities, neither they are unconcerned to the future of the two countries, in fact common person of each country (Aam Admi) aspires to live a harmonious relationship, unless he is dissuaded by any nasty politician to drive their motives. AeD suggests that we don’t need half a century more to realize the devastation; rather the time has come to act i.e. to be “cooperative”.

Regardless of believers in Allah, Ishwar, and God or in none, we are all human beings who are also entitled to a just and dignified life, a promise of the state, AeD asks political parties to end racism. It is time to find effective solutions to strengthening Indo-Pak ties, and forge a ‘we are same’ conversation about our mutual development and unity.