“Stop Drone Attacks, Stop Religious Fundamentalism”.
Education Foundation (LEF) and South Asia Alliance for Poverty
Eradication (SAAPE) jointly organized a peace rally“Labour
for Peace” at Shimla
2010 at3:00 pm
of trade unions and social and political activists will take part in
this rally. They will come from different industrial zones of Lahore,
Sheikhupura and industrial suburbs of these two districts.
not only a home to the largest number of world’s poor but also a region
where minimal efforts are made to promote justice and peace. Different
types of internal conflicts are prevalent in almost all countries. At
the same time occupation of Afghanistan and presence of imperialist
forces in the region is generating different kind of threats to peace
and justice. Human rights of different communities and people are
violated in various pretexts.
consequence of conflicts,violenceand
war causes unbelievable suffering particularly for women and children.
Communities have been reduced to terror, suspicion and insecurity. The
livelihood of millions of people has been severely affected and the
fabric of social relationship between people and communities torn apart.
few years, Pakistan has faced terror of religious extremism and attacks
by the US forces in form of drone attacks and direct military
operations. Thousands of people have been killed by Taliban in Kyber
Pakhtunkhwa province and Tribal areas of the countries and in other
provinces by suicide attacks and targeted killings. Since January this
year more than 700 people are killed in drone attacks in Northwest of
Pakistan by US forces.
strategy of the American imperialism to curb the growing influence of
religious fundamentalism by drone attacks mounts a direct attack on
Pakistan sovereignty. The military solution of religious fundamentalism
is counterproductive and helping the fanatics to grow more. We can not
support one monster against the other. We have to oppose the both and
create an alternative social voice. This peace rally is a effort in that
though some national and bilateral peace initiatives at the level of
civil society are taking place, there is need of a vibrant civil society
initiative to take this issue at the regional platform. So under South
Asia Alliance for Poverty Eradication (SAAPE) a comprehensive peace
initiative has been taken. It is being further strengthened and expanded
by organizing different peace initiative at the country level.