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Joint Signature Campaign by Citizens of India and Pakistan Against Terrorism, War Posturing

by sacw.net, 7 January 2009

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APPEAL

Joint Signature Campaign by Citizens of India and Pakistan
Against Terrorism, War Posturing and To Promote Cooperation and Peace
- From 9th January 2009 to 8th February 2009

Seeking Signatures from People and Endorsements from Organisations
(To be submitted to the Prime Minister of India and the President of Pakistan With Copies to important political functionaries and media houses of both countries.)

Let People Express!
- Time Peace Loving People Decide the Agenda!! And the Course of Our Countries!!!

Dear Fellow Citizens of India and Pakistan,

After 55 years of tense relations, just five years of sustained peace process between India and Pakistan was producing good results for all. Unfortunately, the terror attack in Mumbai suddenly changed the entire scenario and the tensions between India and Pakistan have once again reached dangerous levels that are detrimental to the interests of both the countries.

It is clear that a dependence on the political- bureaucratic- military establishments in both the countries may not lead to reduction in tensions but on the contrary, this nexus could possibly land us in a war. Role of the media of both the countries in the ongoing crisis is also not very heartening.

In such a situation, assertion by the people and civil society groups of both the countries in favour of resolving the present crises through dialogue, cooperation and appropriate actions by both the governments to address terrorism and all other outstanding issues could influence the processes that are set in motion. The collective will of the people could certainly compel the establishments to adopt peaceful and appropriate processes to address all the issues and bring back normalcy.

Joint Signature Campaign from 9th January 2009 to 8th February 2009
To facilitate such assertion by the people of both Pakistan and India, a number of civil society organisations of Pakistan and India have come together to launch a Joint Signature Campaign in both the countries. All civil society organisations and concerned citizens of both the countries are invited to endorse and be partners in this Joint Signature Campaign and facilitate this Campaign in their areas of operation by reaching out to the people to collect their signatures in large numbers. All endorsing organisations will be listed alphabetically- country wise.

The Joint Signature Campaign will be launched in different cities and towns of Pakistan and India on 9th January 2009 from 3 pm (IST). in India and 2.30 pm (PST) in Pakistan to ensure simultaneity.
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The Campaign would be carried out for one month and will conclude on Sunday, 8th February 2009. Copies of signatures collected in both the countries will be compiled to be submitted to the Prime Minister of India, The President of Pakistan and other important political functionaries of both the countries and members of the Media before 20th February 2009.

The Petition prepared for the Joint Signature Campaign is attached. We appeal to organisations in both India and Pakistan to become partners in taking forward this Joint Signature Campaign.

What Can Be Done:
- Petition Form for the Signature Campaign is attached. Civil society organisations and concerned citizens of India and Pakistan can print copies of the Petition Form to take signatures from people and post the completed forms by 10th February 2009 to the Indo-Pak Joint Signature Campaign Secretariats set up in both India and Pakistan at the following addresses

For Pakistan:
Indo-Pak Joint Signature Campaign Secretariat
C/o PILER Centre, ST.001, Sector X ,
Sub-Sector V Gulshan-e-Maymar,
Karachi 75340- Pakistan
Ph:. 0092-21-6351145 / 0092-21635114 7
Fax: 0092-21-6350354

For India:
Indo-Pak Joint Signature Campaign Secretariat
C/o COVA, 20-4-10, Charminar
Hyderabad, A.P. India, 500002
Ph: 0091-40-24572984
Fax: 0091-40-24574527

All organisations endorsing the Campaign and accepting to take up the Joint Signature Campaign in their areas of operation will be listed in alphabetical order as Partner Organisations in all communications and also on the Campaign Website. All collaborating organisations are requested to send their names, city/town, country and other contact details for inclusion as Partner Organisations.

Online Signatures:
Online endorsement of the Campaign is also possible at Petitionsonline.com through the link:
http://www.PetitionOnline.com/indopak/petition.html

Email and Website:

The email ID for the Campaign is: indopak.jointcampaign at gmail.com

Website: http://www.indopakcampaignagainstwarnterror.org

Come! Let us join hands across borders to usher in peace and prosperity for both our countries!!

In solidarity

Pakistan-India Joint Signature Campaign


Glimpses of Media coverage in India and Pakistan:

Provincial Assembly of Sindh backs campaign