PIPFPD appeals to both India and Pakistan to immediately stop ceasefire violations.

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PAKISTAN INDIA PEOPLES’ FORUM FOR PEACE & DEMOCRACY INDIA

C/o: F-10/12, (Basement), Malviya Nagar, New Delhi.  Contacts: 09811081240, 09818407882, 011-26687725 website:www.pipfpd.org Email: pipfpd.india@gmail.com

PRESS RELEASE                                                                                                        October 8, 2014

PIPFPD appeals to both India and Pakistan to immediately stop ceasefire violations.

The ceasefire violations and firing taking place on the Line of Control (LoC) and the International Border (IB) in Jammu and Kashmir is a matter of grave concern. India and Pakistan are blaming each other for ceasefire violations and cross border firing that began on the night of Wednesday (October 1st) and is continuing till date. 

According to reports published in Indian and Pakistani news papers, more than 18 civilians have been killed and about 60 persons have been injured – in this recent spate of ceasefire violations. While India claims that Pakistani troops violated ceasefire in the Poonch sector on October 1st, Pakistani side claims that on Sunday October 5, the Indian troops violated the Line of Control (loC) ceasefire and resorted to unprovoked firing in Jandroot Sector near Kotli. The Indian side alleged that Pakistani forces shelled the village of Arnia about three kms from the border on 6th.  The violence has engulfed almost the entire Line of Control (LoC)  from Krishna Ghati (KG) sector to Mankote, Balakote, Keriand even Bhimber Gali (BG). With Pakistani and Indian troops resorting to weapons fire and mortar shelling, thousands of villagers have been displaced. 

Far away from the international border in  the waters of the Indian Ocean, the fishing activity has been severely impacted by the increased number of orchestrated arrest of fishermen by India and Pakistan. In the last one week alone, Pakistan has caught 22 Indian boats and arrested around 125 Indian fishermen. Indian authorities have also arrested six Pakistani fishermen and seized one boat. Resultingly, the tension on the border is directly impacting  fishing communities of both the countries.

With elections round the corner in several Indian states including J&K, the domestic turmoil in Pakistan, ‘border nationalism’ is being resorted to by both nations. The wars and military actions have yielded nothing but death, destruction and misery for the people of divided Jammu and Kashmir.

The experience shows that the dispute will not be resolved through use of military means and can only be resolved through political dialogue based on mutual trust. 

  • We appeal to both India and Pakistan to urgently stop ceasefire violations and implement ceasefire agreement in letter and spirit.
  • We urge immediate restoration of “flag meetings” and contacts between the Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) of India and Pakistan.

We call upon the governments of India and Pakistan to allow the United Nations Military Observers Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) to play an active role in monitoring the ceasefire. UNMOGIP is meant to supervise ceasefire line established under Karachi Agreement in 1949.  Joint monitoring of the border is the best option in the prevailing situation. It is required at this point that a team of UNMOGIP brings out a status report after visiting affected areas on both sides of the border.

  • A team of senior reporters on both sides must hold visits to the border villages and help bring normalcy to the situation. We urge the media and journalists, reporting in India and Pakistan, to withhold from the one-sided reporting and trading of allegations.

We believe restoration of dialogue and peace talks at the highest level alone can bring back normalcy and peace to the thousands of suffering people, living in border areas and also the fisherpeople who have been a casualty to this increased hostility.

Anuradha Bhasin Jamwal & Asha Hans                        Jatin Desai

Co-Chairpersons                                                          General Secretary

For further details contact: 09869077718, pipfpd.india@gmail.com

Pakistan Chapter HQ: 11, Temple Road, Lahore, Pakistan

 

 

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PRESS RELEASE: PAKISTAN-INDIA PEOPLES’ FORUM FOR PEACE & DEMOCRACY

PAKISTAN-INDIA PEOPLES’ FORUM FOR PEACE &DEMOCRACY

C-38 (Basement), Lajpat Nagar – I, New Delhi

Contacts: 09811081240, 09868165471, 011-26687725 Website: www.pipfpd.org

PRESS RELEASE

September 26, 2013: Completing 20 years of successful people-to-people intellectual and cultural exchanges between India, Pakistan and the disputed region of Jammu & Kashmir, the Pakistan India Peoples’ Forum for Peace and Democracy (PIPFPD) held its national convention between 20 and 22 September 2013 hosted in collaboration with Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti at the Gandhi Darshan, New Delhi. The convention with its focus on ‘Peace and Democracy in South Asia: The Emerging Challenges’ brought together over 160 delegates.

The Convention began with an Inaugural Public Meeting and Cultural Programme on September 20, 2013 at the Ghalib Institute, New Delhi. The public meeting focused on exploring people’s perspectives of peace and democracy in Pakistan and India. The panel included Tapan Bose (Co-chairperson, PIPFPD-India chapter), Com. B.M. Kutty, (peace activist, author, and Member, PIPFPD-Pakistan chapter); Seema Mustafa (journalist and political analyst); Praful Bidwai (noted columnist and peace activist); Anuradha Bhasin (editor, Kashmir Times); Sukumar Muralidharan (senior journalist & media person), Sumit Chakravarthy (Editor, Mainstream) and Ashok Choudhary (General Secretary, All India Forum for Forest Working People and Vice President, New Trade Union Initiative). The panelists set the tone of the convention at the public meeting by raising concerns on the need for disarmament in South Asia with a focus on demilitarizing Kashmir and the need to understand these issues in the context of what is emerging as public perception while looking at Media as combatants in conflict. Historically positioning the demand for peace and democracy, originally emanating from the slaves and the revolution led by Spartacus, the speakers reiterated the Forum’s commitment to bring together the working people of South Asia, in realizing the dream for a peaceful and democratic region.

The position taken by the Forum through this convention has been to focus on pushing for demands for disarmament in South Asia. There were extensive discussions on the clarity required and the need for disarmament and demilitarization. Religious extremism as it is emerging and becoming even stronger in both countries was an issue that the members decided to focus on along with looking at terrorist activities and what that really implies. The situation of people living in highly militarized areas of Jammu & Kashmir was spoken about while paying special attention to how important the ceasefire is for the villages right next to the LoC. The intrinsic relation between women’s issues and the need for disarmament, a fight against repression and the need for peace was emphasized. The Forum reiterated the demand for dialogue between the governments of both countries and relaxation of the visa regime to facilitate people to people exchanges.

The thematic sessions organized on the second day of convention focused on ‘Who are the terrorists and what do they want’, ‘Ceasefire and lives of people around the LoC’, ‘Securing peace, freedom and democracy in Afghanistan’. Parallel working groups focused on rights of fishworkers and other prisoners; economic policies and the impact of Globalization on Pakistan and India; the energy paradigm; gender, peace and security and the visa regime in South Asia that is emerging as a threat to people’s rights. The working groups presented the group’s report and recommendations which now reflect in the convention’s resolutions.

The Forum members discussed the growing impact of corporate globalization on South Asia. The participation of mass organization like All India Union of Forest Working People (AIUFWP), National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM), New Trade Union Initiative (NTUI) and National Fishworkers’ Forum (NFF) also facilitated specific sectoral dialogues for strengthening the working class movement in South Asia.

Issues of fishworkers who are caught between the marine security forces of India and Pakistan was discussed in detail at the PIPFPD National Convention. The Forumcondemned the bureaucratic approach of both governments in arresting the fishworkers. The Forum urged both the governments to release the fishworkers and captured boats and demanded that India and Pakistan follow a ‘no arrest policy’ when it came to the issue of fishworkers crossing over the imagined water borders. Many traditional fishworkers and boat workers from Saurashtra region of Gujarat participated in the National Convention.

Mr. Balraj Kumar, one of the senior most members in the Forum and Chairperson of the PIPFPD Delhi chapter, passed away on 18 September 2013. Forum members paid their tribute through a condolence meeting at the convention.

Keeping with its commitment to endorsing a deeper understanding of our culture and ethnicities, cultural performances were organized as a part of the convention. Dr Vidya Rao’s mesmerizing classical recital on the inaugural day was followed by experimental fusion led by Ashish Dha, Debamitro Charkraborti and Hemant Kanojia. The second day concluded with the screening of the award winning film by Nirmal Chander ‘Dreaming Taj Mahal’, about the small dreams of ordinary people of India & Pakistan and how that features in the agenda of peace-building. Ghazals by Saba Prateeksha and a performance, ‘Partition Dastan’ by Darain and Ankit concluded the convention.

It has been a great move forward that for the first time in the Forum’s history, senior women members Dr Asha Hans and Anuradha Bhasin were selected as its Co-Chairpersons. The election results from the Forums National Convention is as follows:

Co- Chairpersons: Dr Asha Hans & Anuradha Bhasin

Secretary: Jatin Desai

Joint Secretaries: Haris Kidwai & Rahul Mukherji

Treasurer: Zafar Bakht

Other National Committee Members: Pushpa Bhave, Anwar Rajan, Shekhar Sonalkar, Geeta Dayal, Jitendra Maurya, Ashok Choudhary, Munnilal, Khalid Hussain, Santosh Khajuria,                E. Deenadayalan, Amrita Patel, Aashima Subberwal, Vijayan MJ, Jivan Jungi, Ramphal Dahiya, Prof. Sushil Khanna, Madhuresh Kumar, Manimala, Sumit Chakravarthy, Bhagwan Prakash, Hansa Suyani, Sudha, Dr. Sandeep Pandey, Prof. Noor Ahmed Baba, Abdul Aziz Engineer, Nand Kishore Sharma

For further details: Jatin Desai: 09869077718 | Aashima Subberwal: 09818407882 |pipfpd@pipfpd.org

Pakistan Chapter HQ: 11, Temple Road, Lahore, Pakistan

 

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