Pakistan India Peoples Forum for Peace and Democracy (PIPFPD)
11-Temple Road, Lahore,

K-14 (F.F), Green Park Extn.,
New Delhi -110 016, India

Documents from the early period of PIPFPD :

A Joint Statement of Lahore, September 1994

At a time when the governments of India and Pakistan are intensifying mutual confrontation, with government and political leaders openly talking about the inevitability of a conflict and stockpiling of nuclear weapons, the situation in the sub-continent is on the brink of war. In a climate of hysteria forces of bigotry and religious intolerance threaten the fabric of civil society on the sub-continent. In such a bellicose atmosphere democratic rights of the people are imperilled. There is therefore an urgent need for saner voices to prevail. A group of concerned citizens from India and Pakistan, from different walks of life, have been engaged in a process to initiate a people-to-people dialogue on the critical issues of Peace and Democracy. As a follow-up to this a group of 25 persons from the two countries met in Lahore on September 2, 1994 and after consultation came to the conclusion that the crisis in their relations was being deliberately maintained by the ruling elites in utter disregard of the common interest and aspirations of the people of the two countries. It was agreed:

1. That war and attempts to create war hysteria should be outlawed;
2. That a process of de-nuclearisation and reversal of the arms race should be started;
3. That Kashmir not merely being a territorial dispute between India and Pakistan, a peaceful democratic solution of it involving the peoples of Jammu and Kashmir is the only way out;
4. That religious intolerance must be curbed as these tendencies create social strife, undermine democracy and increase the persecution and oppression of disadvantaged sections of society;
5. And finally that the group constitutes a convening committee for setting up a Peoples' Forum for Peace and Democracy. It was decided to hold a larger representative convention, to which should be invited, from India and Pakistan, representatives of the human rights movement, workers organisations, peasant movement, women's movement, environment movement and other mass organisations, cultural workers, professionals and academics. Efforts should be made to involve persons well known for their commitment to peace, equity and social justice, communal amity, democracy and people's solidarity in the sub-continent.

The above statement was endorsed by the following participants:

I. A. Rehman
Khaled Ahmad
Prof. Dr. Haroon Ahmad
Karamat Ali
Dr.Mubarak Ali
Prof. Mehdi Hasan
Shahid Kardar
Madeeha Gohar
Nighat Saeed Khan
Hussain Naqi
B.M. Kutty
Anees Haroon
Iftikharul Haq
Prof. Rashid Ahmad
Dr. Mubashir Hasan

Nirmal Mukerji
Rajni Kothari     
K.G. Kannabiran
Prof. Dinesh Mohan
Gautam Navlakha
Dr. Kamal Mitra Chenoy
Teesta Setalvad
Tapan K. Bose 
Amrita Chhachhi



Delhi Declaration

A group of concerned citizens from Pakistan and India have initiated a process of discussions to build up a movement for peace and democracy in the sub-continent. The first formal discussion was held in Lahore, Pakistan, on 2 September 1994 (Declaration and list of participants attached). The second discussion was held on 25 and 26 November 1994 at which the following participated.

Members of Pakistan team:
Dr. Mubashir Hasan, Prof. Haroon Ahmed, Ms. Beena Sarvar, Ms. Madeeha Gohar and Mr. Karamat Ali.

Members of Indian team:
Mr. Nirmal Mukerji, Prof. Dinesh Mohan, Mr. Sumanta Banerji, Mr. Gautam Navlakha, Mr. Tapan Bose, Ms Kamla Bhasin, Ms Teesta Setelvad, Mr. Achin Vanaik, Dr. Kamal Mitra Chenoy, Dr. Anuradha Chenoy, Ms. Rita Manchanda, Ms. Amrita Chachhi, Mr.Smitu Kothari, Mr. E. Deenadayalan.

The group believes that:

1. The politics of confrontation between India and Pakistan has failed to achieve benefits of any kind for the people of both countries.
2. The people of both countries increasingly want genuine peace and friendship and would like their respective governments to honour their wishes.
3. Peace between the two countries will help in reducing communal and ethnic tension in the sub-continent.
4. Peace in the sub-continent will help the South Asian region to progress economically and socially, especially in the face of the new economic order.
5. Governments of Pakistan and India must agree to an unconditional no-war pact immediately without yielding to any third party pressure.
6. A democratic solution to the Kashmir dispute is essential for promoting peace in the sub-continent.

The group has decided to organise the following activities to promote the cause of peace and democracy:

1. Organisation of a People's Convention on Peace and Democracy in New Delhi on 24-25 February 1995. The convention will be attended by around one hundred representatives each from India and Pakistan.
2. Exchange of information on activities promoting peace and democracy in both countries.
3. Release of pamphlets containing writings of Pakistani and Indian authors concerning intolerance, religious bigotry, sectoral violence, discrimination against minorities and disadvantaged sections of society, militarisation, democratic governance and the Kashmir dispute.
4. Exchange of artists, scientist and technologists.
5. To create an atmosphere of peace to influence the governments of India and Pakistan to enter into meaningful negotiations for peace and democracy.
6. To make the governments aware that the people of both countries do not want war and want to live in an atmosphere of peace and friendship.                                                              

Sd/- Mr. Nirmal Mukerjee
Co-Chairperson Joint Preparatory Committee (India)
Sd/- Dr. Mubashir Hasan
Co-Chairperson Joint Preparatory Committee (Pakistan)

The representatives of the under mentioned organisations and individuals have endorsed this statement and pledged their support to the people's convention on Peace and Democracy.

1. Satyendra Ranjan (PUCL)
2. Shamsul Islam (Friend of Nishant Natya Manch)
3. Ranabir Samaddar (Institute of Asian Studies)
4. Jaya Shrivastava ('ANKUR')
5. Syeda Hameed
6. Farida Khan
7. Anuradha M. Chenoy (CITU)
8. Rajen Mathew Thomas
9. Kamala Prasad (AITUC)
10. Arvind Kumar Mishra
11. Ardhendu Roy (AICCTU)
12. K.K. Niyogi
13. Suhasini Mulay
14. Suman Sahai
15. Varyam Singh
16. Abdul Mabood
17. Anjali Gopalan
18. Saroj Chaudhuri (CITU)
19. Perin Chandra

20. Santosh Kumar (AITUC)
21. Dhirendra Sharma
22. Vedpratap Vaideek
23. Ritu Menon
24. Madhu Kishwar
25. Maja Daruwala
26. Amrita Cheema Behrendt
27. Mr. Babu Mathew, Bharat Electronic Employees Union Bangalore

28. Ms. Ruth Manorama, Women's Voice, Bangalore
29. Mr. Cyril Reddy, Salah Legal Forum, Hyderabad
30. Mr. A.J. Vijayan, National Fishworker's Forum, Trivandrum
31. Mr. D. Thankappan, Kamani Employees Union Kurla, Bombay
32. Mr. M. Subhu, Tamilnadu State Const. Workers Union
33. Ms. Farida Jaleel, SEWA's Union, Lucknow
34. Mr. Mazhar Hussain, Deccan Development, Hyderabad
35. Mr. Smitu Kothari, LOKAYAN, New Delhi
36. Mr. Firoz Ahmed, K.S.C.W Union, Bangalore
37. Mr. P. Veeresh Rice Oil Mills & General Workers Union, Bangalore Bellary (Dist.) Karnataka.
38. Mr. Paul Parakal National Federation of Const. Labour, Kochi
39. SEWA, Indore, Madhya Pradesh
40. Mr. Madhukhant Pathuriya, Nirman Mazdoor Sangh Maharashtra
41. Mr. Ashok Choudhary .- VIKALP, Saharanpur, U.P.
42. Mr. Vishnu Shukla, Shramik Vikas Samiti, Kanpur
43. Fr. T.K. John, Vidhya Jyoti, New Delhi
44. Mr. Alok Mukhopadhya, Voluntary Health Association of India, New Delhi.

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