IMO News Service
Peace Now & Forever Campaign have been simultaneously launched in many cities and towns of India and Pakistan starting from 1st July 2017 and will conclude on 15th August when India celebrates its Independence Day. In India the campaign was launched from 3 pm India Time, while in Pakistan it started from 2:30 pm Pakistan Time. The campaign was also launched by partners in other countries as well coinciding with this common time. The campaign is being organized in at least 10 other countries where Indians and Pakistanis live.
“The Peace Now & Forever Campaign is conceived with the objective of addressing the deteriorating relations between Pakistan and India by the day. Common people and even Civil Society seems to be getting increasingly scared to take a stand and soon no space may be left to talk of peace and questioning war hysteria could be branded downright antinational and blasphemy. In such a situation it becomes an urgent requirement to provide platforms to enable common people and civil society to demand peace and condemn attempts at war mongering without feeling apologetic or guilty about their stand. Hence this Peace Now & Forever Campaign- between Pakistan and India,” said the press release issued by the organizers.
In 2008 also, after the terrorist attack on Mumbai when the relations were at a nadir between India and Pakistan, civil society organisations in Pakistan and India had initiated a Joint Signature Campaign in both countries in collaboration with a large number of organisations and over 100,000 signatures (including that of Inder Kumar Gujaral, former Prime Minister of India) were collected and the campaign had some success for creating space for peace in both countries.
The networks and organisations in 22 of the 29 States of India and the four Provinces of Pakistan are coming forward to Partner with the Peace Now Campaign and good response is coming from other countries also. The Peace Now Campaign is expected to be organized in around 200 cities, towns and villages in Pakistan, India and other countries.
Apart from a Joint Signature Campaign, many other simultaneous programs in different cities and towns are being planned during the campaign period and especially on seven weekends that will be available during the course of the campaign like Lectures on Peace including need for cordial Pakistan-India Relations in Schools, colleges and universities, Young Art for Future of Humanity: through Platform for Children and Youth – Film and Documentary Festivals, Culture Camps, Interfaith Prayer Meets, Peace Caravans, Rallies and Marathons, Outreach to Political Parties and Elected Representatives etc.