Chandigarh, March 29; Today, amidst beats of drums and reverberating sounds of fire crackers many prominent people of the city joined the members of Chandigarh Press Club and Yuvsatta to welcome their much awaited Pakistani Cricket fans and peace activists with Indian warmth & hospitality at Chandigarh Press Club.
Prominent amongst those who came all the way to Chandigarh, despite all hindrances of tight visa-regime and paucity of entry-tickets for the coveted Cricket match includes Saeeda Diep, Director of Institute for Peace & Secular Studies, Lahore, five members of Ajoka Theatre Group led by Saheed Parvez Bhandara & Nadeem, Saheed Mahmood, Jareer Ahsan, a Software Engineer from Lahore, Ayesha Arif a young Film Director, Maryam Arif, a lawyer etc.
Speaking on the occasion Saeeda Diep, Director of Institute for Peace & Secular Studies, Lahore shared that “we believe in promoting sustainable peace on the subcontinent that counts young people from both India and Pakistan as ‘agents of change’. For which continuity in contacts is essential for better understanding and removal of misgivings. As the differences should be understood and not fought. People of the region shared thousands of years of history, heritage, traditions, but vested interests in both countries have focused on the events of the past six decades only.”
Tomorrow, these peace activists will especially distributing flags of India & Pakistan (attached together), love sign badges with flags of both the countries among the people entering PCA stadium to watch the mega Cricket Semi-finals. The two flags together signify a new trend in togetherness and friendship for both India and Pakistan – if we bring them together!
Chandigarh Press Club, Yuvsatta, Chandigarh, COVA, Hyderabad, India, Institute for Peace & Secular Studies, Lahore, Pakistan Peace Coalition, PILER, SAP, AJOKA-Pakistan and many other organization are supporting this cause for promoting of culture of peace & nonviolence. Their appeal to thousands of spectators from India & Pakistan who’ll be watching the game tomorrow, is to wave both the flags, so that every shot played would be a joint celebration and irrespective of who wins and who loses, both countries will be Partners in Victory!!!