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SAFMA holds vigil for peace at Pakistan-India border

LAHORE: The South Asian Free Media Association (SAFMA) and Hind Pak Dosti Manch organised a candlelight vigil late on Sunday at the India-Pakistan border to pay homage to the martyrs of independence and promote peace.

Carrying candles in their hands with the message of friendship, peace and love, peaceniks from both the countries turned up for the vigil in large numbers. They raised slogans for promoting peace in the region and improving relations between the two countries.

While SAFMA Secretary General Imtiaz Alam, Pakistan PeopleÂ’s Party MNA Shakeela Rasheed, television anchor Anjum Rashid and Indian singer Hans Raj Hans led the vigil from Pakistani side, Indian journalist Kuldip Nayar, SAFMA Pakistan President Nusrat Javeed, SAFMA India Joint Secretary Satnam Singh Manak and filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt headed it from the Indian side, joined by locals and other members of the civil society.

They carried out a candlelight march up to the Wagah-Attari border.

SAFMA and other peace activists from India and Pakistan called upon the two countries to liberalise visa regime, allow free movement of people, information and goods, and engage in an uninterrupted and uninterruptible dialogue process. They emphasised normalisation of relations to solve the disputes.

“India and Pakistan should join hands in tackling poverty, environment, energy and other issues and put together security mechanisms to tackle terrorism,” said Imtiaz Alam.

Veteran journalist and president of the Hind-Pak Dosti Manch, Kuldip Nayyar, said the activists would continue their efforts to promote friendship between India and Pakistan. He urged them to stop the arms race and create an atmosphere of mutual trust.
Source: Daily Times
Date:8/16/2011