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1st Indo-Pak Discussion Forum

(April 8-10, 2008 - Chandigarh)




To sensitize young children about values of peace, friendship and brotherhood Peace Club of KB DAV-7  organised a discussion on 'INDO-PAK FRIENDSHIP' at School campus. Mr. Mubahsir Mirza, President of CYDA (Centre for Youth Development & Activities), Pakistan was the Chief Guest on the occasion. Mrs. Poonam Singh, Editor, Preetlari presided over the meeting. Students of Peace Club of New Public School also participated in the event.

Welcoming the young guest speaker from Pakistan, Mrs. Poonam Singh said that people to people contact,L to R: Mantosh Pal (KBDAV-7), Poonam Singh (Editor Preetlari), HS Talwar (Social Activist), Pooja Sharma (Social Activist) especially involvement of children and youth is the surest way to build a pressure of public opinion for peace which no government can afford to ignore. And going by the unprecedented expenditure on security for defence and paramilitary forces, losses in terms of curbs on free trade, seeing the trauma of divided families of Kashmir, the pragmatic view is that half a century old distrust must be put behind and India and Pakistan should move ahead with time.

Mr. Mubashir Mirza called for closer ties between youth of both the countries. And for this he said that their NGO- CYDA based in Sadikabad in District Rahimayar Khan of Punjab province of Pakistan is promoting  more and more youth exchange programme between both the countries. And motivated by the Chandigarh experiment they had also formed 50 Peace Club in different Schools of Sadikabad. In August, 2008, they intend to organize a Indo-Pak Students Peace Camp in Sadikadad, for which he invited students from Chandigarh to participate. And in October, 2008, they'll  be bringing students from Pakistan to Chandigarh to participate in 3rd Students Peace Camp being organised here.

On the occasion students of KB DAV-7 asked many questions about Pakistan, like Vidhi was interested to know how the education system in Pakistan works, especially the education for girls, and if there are problem of female foeticide, for which Mubashir replied that earlier the literacy level in general was low like any other developing country, but now things areWhile addressing the students changing with time and literacy level is growing amongst the girls too, plus as inhuman acts like female foeticide are forbidden in Islam, so there is no such problem. Students were also eager to know about developments with regard to establishment of Democracy in Pakistan.

Presenting her vote of thanks Mrs. Madhu Bahl, Principal, KB DAV School, Chandigarh remarked that children though are not part of any decision making process when it comes to war or foreign relations but they are an integral part of the decision for peace. As they can impress upon their families, neighbourhood and friends to live in peace and harmony.

Mr. HS Talwar, a businessman & social activist from the city, shared his experiences, the warmth with which he was received and goodwill he earned while on a visit in Pakistan.