India-Pakistan Peace Day 2007
* August 5, 2007 , Toba Tek Singh , Pakistan: MAKING COMMITMENT FOR PEACE
Students sang peace songs, played peace-building games, and made speeches at Making Commitment for Peace, a program held today at St. Peter’s High School, Toba Tek Singh. They are attending the two-month Youth Formation Camp here since June 22. They are from local and many far flung areas of Pakistan.
Youth leader Karishma Samuel invited young boys and girls to make their commitment to peace by lighting a peace candle. Each one who made the commitment received a peace band. As a part of their commitment the students will participants in the following programs:
*Indo-Pak Independence Day marked with music, comedy, Ashfaque Swapan, India-West, August 17, 2007
*Joint Independence Day Celebration, Lahore, Pakistan, August 14, 2007
The function was organized, at Lahore, by Pak-India Peace Initiatives which is actively engaged since last 12 years in promoting peace and amity between the two conflict ridden countries of South Asia, Pakistan and India.
Main feature of the celebration was a seminar entitled “60th Anniversary of Independence of Pakistan.” A delegate from India Mr Tridivesh Singh was the guest of honour.
After the function, the Azadi (Independence) Cake was jointly cut by Indian and Pakistani participants.
In his welcome speech, Awais Sheikh email@example.com, President of the organizing group announced that Pak-India Peace initiatives would invite one thousand delegates from India on the 61st Independence Day Celebration next year.
* Let World Peace Become a Reality, Toba Tek Singh, Punjab , Pakistan
Youth of the International Young Catholic Students (IYCS) presented art work, songs, games, and role play on the theme of peace, to mark the International Day of Peace, on September 21, at Toba Tek Singh, Pakistan .
“Let World Peace Become a Reality” and “Fight Poverty, Build Peace,” were themes of the celebration. It was organized jointly by St. Peter's High School, Convent of Jesus and Mary, Human Development Centre (HDC), Mary Jean Foundation Trust, International Young Catholic Students (IYCS) and Bangladesh-Bahrat-Pakistan Peoples Forum (BBPPF).
The celebration marked culmination of “39 Days Peace” campaign which had been launched by the U.S.-based Association for Communal Harmony in Asia (www.asiapeace.org).
Starting on Pakistan Independence Day, August 14, 2007 , every day the young people read affirmative statements about peace and harmony. Also they made symbols and posters based on these statements.
In the evening a special prayer service and peace vigil were held at the Catholic Church. A large number of local peacemakers attended this event. After the service, people lighted candles and joined in a peace procession, in memory of all those who had lost their lives in the various wars, conflicts, terrorism incidents.
"Peace is not the absence of war; it is respecting and accepting each other and promoting human rights," said Nida Ashfaq, an IYCSer.
School Principal Ashfaq Fateh treated the participants to a Peace Dinner at "India-Pakistan Peace House. The participants had brought one dish made by them to share their food with others.
“People of India & Pakistan should come together to build real peace in South Asia ," remarked Mr. Ahsan of Bangladesh-Bharat-Pakistan Peoples Forum (BBPPF).
In the Peace Program at the Convent of Jesus and Mary School, the previous day, Muslim and Christian students presented various items. HDC Director Fr. Bonnie Mendes and Rafia Ashfaq of DA 11 encouraged the students.