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Indian Citizens Delegation to Pakistan - 22 to 26 February 2009

by Shabnam Hashmi, 21 February 2009

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The modern history of relations between India and Pakistan has been clouded from time to time by the politics of war and violence. Mumbai terror attacks of 26/11 seemed to have washed away the whole peace process.

In troubled times, it is the members of the civil society and the practitioners of culture – artists, painters, actors, singers, musicians, film-makers, writers, poets – who recall for us truths that are universal, of love that binds us in a much more fundamental humanity. They are of course conscious of political boundaries which separate us, but they are aware also of things deeper, more basic, more beautiful, which hold us together more than the politics of hate and terror can ever tear us asunder.

In difficult times initiatives to resolve the tense relations through dialogue by civil society groups of both the countries can play a major role. The unofficial diplomats can sometimes heal wounds faster than any official channel. People’s initiatives can pressurise governments to take necessary actions, to confront and address important issues and to find solutions.

A delegation from Pakistan recently visited India (January 21-24, 2009)

A reciprocal delegation of 13 people from India is going to Pakistan tomorrow on February 22, 2009. The delegation will be meeting the civil society members, groups, politicians and media. The delegation will cross over to Pakistan at 3 pm on February 22, 2009 at the Wagah border.

The list of the delegation is pasted below. The delegation will come back and hold a press conference in Delhi on Feb 27th

Shabnam Hashmi
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Delegation to Pakistan (February 22, 2009 To February 26, 2009)
1. Mr. Mahesh Bhatt Film maker
2 Prof. K.N. Panikkar Senior Academician
3. Mr. Kuldip Nayar Former Diplomat, Journalist and Columnist, and Former Member Rajya Sabha
4. Swami Agnivesh Social activist
5. Ms. Shabnam Hashmi Social Activist, Member of National Integration Council, Ministry of Home Affairs.
6. Prof. Kamal Mitra Chenoy Human Right Activist, Educationist
7. Ms. Seema Mustafa Editor Covert Magazine, Columnist
8. Mr. Salman Haider Former Diplomat
9. Mr. Jatin Desai Chairperson Bombay Union of Journalist, National Committee Member of India- Pakistan People’s Forum for Peace and Democracy
10. Mr. Sandeep Pandey Social Activist, Magsaysay Awards Winner
11. Ms. Kamla Bhasin Social Scientist, Bureau Member South Asian for Human Rights (SHAR)
12. Mr. Ramesh Yadav Peace Activist
13. Dr. Hanif Lakdawala Social Activist, Founder Member Sanchetana