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Press Release: Pakistan – India Citizens condemn Terror attack in Gurdaspur

Indian and Pakistani Citizens Condemn Terror Attack in Gurdaspur Demand Joint Mechanism to Deal with Terrorism

We the concerned citizens of India and Pakistan unequivocally condemn the dastardly attack by terrorists in Gurdaspur, Punjab on 27th July 2015 and express our heartfelt condolences and solidarity with the families of four police personal and three civilians killed.

Taking note of the statements alleging that the terrorists have crossed from the border with Pakistan and the condemnation of the attack by the Government of Pakistan and their denunciation of all forms of terrorism, we strongly urge that it is high time for India and Pakistan to jointly address the issue of terrorism that is causing incalculable damage to both countries and the entire Sub-Continent.

It is clear that all such attacks are perpetrated by some vested interests who are determined to derail the spirit of dialogue and peaceful resolution of outstanding issues. At this juncture, both sides should maintain equanimity of mind and refuse to be led into the trap laid by terror outfits. Both countries should continue with the proposed meetings of the NSAs as decided at Ufa and initiate sustained processes for bilateral dialogues to resolve all outstanding issues, lay foundations for a joint mechanism to fight terrorism and promote optimal regional cooperation.

We demand that India, Pakistan and all other countries of South Asia should immediately set up a joint mechanism to address terrorism as per the SAARC Regional Convention on Suppression of Terrorism that was signed by all SAARC countries on 4th November 1987 and ensure that all organisations and individuals involved in any form of terrorism are identified, proscribed and prosecuted with utmost urgency and vigour to root out the menace from the region.

We also demand a thorough and time bound investigation into the present terror attack and urge all countries and investigation bodies to cooperate fully in unraveling the conspiracy and exposing all groups and actors involved in perpetrating the current terror attack to ensure there are no repeats in future.

Signatories

India  Pakistan
Mahesh Bhat-Mumbai Karamat Ali- Karachi
Jatin Desia-Mumbai Sheema Kirmani- Karachi
Kodanda Ramiah-Banguluru Farooq Tariq- Lahore
Satya Paul- Delhi B.M.Kutty- Karachi
Mazher Hussain-Hyderabad

About Intercultural Resources

Intercultural Resources is a forum for research and political intervention on issues related to the impacts and alternatives to destructive development. Our effort draws upon the social, cultural, material and intellectual resources that have been generated in the course of dialogues between people of different cultures on questions of social justice, development and self-rule. We are of the view that dialogue can sustain plurality and open possibilities for recovery of the ground lost on account of inter-cultural alienation, which is manifest in a variety of forms of violence that we encounter everyday at different levels of social life. Intercultural Resources is based in Delhi, India. Email: ihpindia@gmail.com

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