We at Association for Communal Harmony
in Asia (ACHA) believes that peace between India
and Pakistan is
essential for improvement of the human condition not only in these two
countries, but also in whole of South Asia.
Therefore, as some of you would recall, in 2004, we started
a campaign to encourage friends of peace to organize celebrations of
India-Pakistan Peace Day everywhere, any day between August 1 and October 31.
In 2004 our campaign focused on the 1947 Partition and our
core project was a petition for JOINT memorial at Wagah crossing for ALL the
victims of the Partition-related violence on both sides of the India-Pakistan
The celebrations in 2005 were centered on the shared
cultural heritage of India
and the core project was a petition to ease travel between the two countries.
Now we are ready to start planning for the India-Pakistan
Peace Day 2006. We request you to please send us your suggestions regarding
this year’s theme and core project. Please send your suggestions soon to us at
Also please let us know if, along with your families,
friends, neighbors, and associates, you can organize a celebration of India
Pakistan Peace Day 2006 at your home, work, educational institution,
neighborhood, or town.
We will help you publicize announcements and reports of your
celebration through our website www.indiapakistanpeace.org, which is dedicated
Students from Lahore Grammar
School, the Convent of Jesus and Mary, Aitchison College for Boys, Beaconhouse
and SOS village were among the hundreds of children who gathered at the Gaddafi
Stadium in Lahore today to sign the golden strip of behind the “World’s largest
love letter” they had received from India, before it is returned there.
*Lessons in harmony, the Bengal
madrasa way, Reuters Posted online: Tuesday,
April 04, 2006 at 1127 hours IST (Via Yogi Sikand)
Kolkata, April 4: In this part of India,
madrasas are emerging as beacons of tolerance….
In 1977, they started reviewing the Islamic schools, introducing history and
social science to the staple of Koranic study. And after 2002, on the
recommendation of a specially appointed committee, students had to study
science, geography and computing. There are plans for foreign languages soon.
The changes have been credited with bringing about a change in the social
outlook of the state's various faiths, and have attracted both teachers and
students from other religions to the madrasas. School boards have recruited
non-Muslims in a bid to find the best tutors for their students.
With the softening of borders
between the two countries, artists from India
are probably gaining the most. The latest to benefit are the Pakistani
father-daughter duo, who recently unveiled their maiden painting exhibition in Delhi.
President Pervez Musharraf has reiterated his country's commitment to continue
contributing positively towards peace and harmony in the region keeping in view
its geo-strategic location.
of Love to Pakistan from Indian Schoolchildren, India West, March 24, 2006
AMRITSAR, Punjab, India: Friends Without
Borders set out March 20 to Lahore in Pakistan carrying what is being called the
world's largest love letter. Their teams had traveled throughout India collecting signatures and messages
on the letter. At their last stop at Jalianwala Bagh in Amritsar, on March 19 local schoolchildren
added their signatures and messages.
*Siachen demilitarisation accord in JuneTHE
NATION |Monday, March 27,2006
and India will
sign the landmark agreement on demilitarization of Siachen glacier during the
forthcoming visit of Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to Pakistan
in June, this year.
Both the sides were also close to
another vital pact on the demarcation of maritime boundary in Sir Creek area,
*Militants returning to Kashmir,
Express |Monday, March 27,2006
After last October’s devastating earthquake that left thousands dead in
Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), 27 active militants
have crossed the LoC and surrendered before the troops. JK Director General Police recently had said that over 1,500 Kashmiri
militants are in PoK and many are looking for an opportunity to give up
reaffirmed its support for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Sri
Lanka and also towards the ongoing peace
process in the country. President Mahinda Rajapakse and Pakistani President
General Pervez Musharraf agreed to combat terrorism which is the great
challenge of the times as both Pakistan
and Sri Lanka
have been victims of terrorism.
and New Delhi are actively considering
initiating trade of goods between Indian Administered Kashmir and Pak
Administered Kashmir, and the two sides would shortly hold a meeting to this
and India are
preparing to launch a goods train service, the home minister of the Indian
state of Rajistan said on Saturday. The minister said people-to-people contacts
between the two countries have increased and efforts are underway to run a
goods train, the Voice of America reported.
to offer mily package to MaldivesTIMES OF INDIA |Thursday,
NEW DELHI: Defence minister Pranab Mukherjee will be
travelling to Male in mid-April to "transfer" INS Tillanchang, a
260-tonne fast-attack craft commissioned in 2001, to Maldives to help it in its
operations against smugglers, gun-runners and terrorists. The military package
will also include Rs 6-crore for training, material and technical assistance.
Moreover, an Indian Navy survey ship, INS Darshak, will conduct a hydrographic
survey in the waters around Maldives.
*Sri Lanka President
Rajapakse arrives in Islamabad on 31stDAILY NEWS |Thursday, March 30,2006
The leaders are expected to discuss the complete range of
Pakistani-Sri Lanka relations. Several agreements will also be signed during
the visit. During his visit to the country, the President will also visit Lahore
*Pak, BD direct shipping line
proposedDAWN |Thursday, March 30,2006
A strong Bangladesh
trade delegation on Tuesday held a meeting on the sidelines of Expo Pakistan
2006, with Minister of Food, Agriculture and Livestock Sikandar Hayat Bosan and
identified areas of interest for boosting bilateral trade.
According to the joint statement issued by the Foreign Affairs Ministry on
pledged to ease visa procedures for businessmen for better trade and economic
relations. The two countries agreed to ink a new shipping agreement in the near
future at New Delhi and expedite
talks on air services. The two sides also agreed to open bank branches in each
other’s countries and to get their central banks to facilitate such applicants.
*Pak to give India
the Saarc treatmentTHE NEWS Wednesday, March 29,2006
ISLAMABAD, Flanked by his Indian
counterpart, SN Menon, Pakistan Commerce Secretary Asif Shah told a press
briefing on the first day of composite dialogue on economic and commercial
cooperation here on Tuesday that Pakistan has ratified Safta and: will extend
India treatment at par with other Saarc countries under the South Asia Free
Trade Agreement (Safta) from July 1, this year.
NEW DELHI: India
have agreed to jointly file for intellectual property rights over Basmati rice.
Officials of the two countries who met in Islamabad
on Tuesday decided to jointly set up a sub-group of experts to discuss the
matter and suggest steps for the protective registration of the Basmati brand.
sign trade pactDAILY TIMES |Tuesday,
The Pakistan-India Joint Study Group (JSG) on Monday decided to ink a Mutual
Recognition Agreement (MRA) to facilitate bilateral trade. Under the agreement,
both countries will accept each other’s laboratory reports on industrial goods
as well as agricultural products. They will also accept the findings and
reports on technical issues for resolving bilateral trade issues.
*Lanka to cut tariff on
Indian importsNDTV PROFIT |Monday, March 27,2006
COLOMBO: Sri Lanka will relax its import tariff on over
2,000 Indian goods from next month as part of a the Indo-Lanka Free Trade
Agreement, which requires the tariffs to come down to not less than 70 per cent
of the general customs duty rate this year.
The recent earthquake in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) demonstrated the
umbilical bonds that exist in spite of religion…There are many Muslim families
in PoK who have either Hindu or Sikh blood relations in J&K
*Indian PM offers peace,
security pact to Pak, Onkar Singh in Amritsar,
with PTI | Rediff.com, March
24, 2006 IST
Taking another important step to
normalise ties with Pakistan,
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today offered a "treaty of peace, security
and friendship" to Pakistan
as a culmination of the ongoing peace process.
welcomes Singh’s peace offerDAILY
TIMES Saturday, March 25,2006
on Friday that it welcomed Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s peace treaty
offer as a “positive acknowledgment” of the need to move forward on Kashmir
and other bilateral issues. In a separate comment, former foreign secretary
Niaz A Naik said that while Dr Singh’s offer should be welcomed, no bilateral
treaty could be concluded unless it addressed the issue of Kashmir.
“Now it is for our side to explore back channel contacts to ascertain what
proposals he has in mind regarding this treaty.”
to boost tradeATIMES |Saturday, March 25,2006
DHAKA: The Federation of
Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) and the Federation of
Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) have signed a memorandum of
understanding to boost bilateral trade and investment through applying a
problem-specific approach to overcome any hurdles.Six taskforces have been set
up under the MOU to promote bilateral trade, Indian investment in Bangladesh,
developing trade-related infrastructure, removal of trade disputes, non-tariff
barriers and activating programs of the Bangladesh-India Chamber of Commerce
gives Holy Scriptures to BhutanBBS |Saturday, March 25,2006
the Indo-Lanka Free Trade Agreement, for imports of finished goods from India,
tariffs will drop from 28 percent to 8.40 percent and from 2.5 percent to 0.75
percent for industrial raw materials and machinery. India
has lowered all trade barriers as agreed under the Indo-Lanka free trade deal
in 2003, except for 400 odd goods on its negative list.
*'Hudood Ordinance of no
use to control crime,'Council of Islamic Ideology, PakistanDAILY
TIMES |Saturday, March 25,2006
Hudood Ordinance has not been effective in controlling crimes falling under its
ambit, concluded a report by the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII). The number
of registered cases shows that the number of Hudood-related crimes has not
decreased, the report added. The report said that the ordinance had remained
controversial since its enforcement with a considerable critical literature
questioning the punishment of Rjam, ambiguity about Zina-bil-Jabr, traditional
criminal procedure and definition and identification of Hudood crimes.
*Indian Prime Minister
likely to visit Pakistan
in July DAILY TIMES Friday, March 24,2006
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will visit Islamabad
late July or early August, an Indian newspaper reports.This will allow Singh,
to be in Islamabad for a one-on-one
meeting with President Pervez Musharraf to discuss what more could be done for
better neighbourly relations, the paper reported. This will be Singh’s first
visit to Pakistan
after becoming the prime minister.
*Nankana bus to make
maiden voyage todayDAILY TIMESFriday, March 24,2006
Nankana Sahib-Amritsar bus service, the fourth transport link between Pakistan
and India, will
be inaugurated at Amritsar by
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Pakistan’s
Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Ijaz-ul-Haq is scheduled to receive the
first passengers at Wagha border. After a brief stopover at Wagha, the bus will
proceed to Nankana Sahib, the Sikh community’s holiest site. Their return
journey to Amritsar is scheduled
for March 25.
Prime Minister Zia's India
visit 'turning point' in ties: Dhaka,
Rediff.com, March 23, 2006
Describing the of as a 'turning point' in bilateral ties,
Bangladesh said Prime Minister Khaleda Zia's just-concluded India visit was
characterised as “a testimony to the highest priority attached by both sides to
the promotion of their bilateral relations in all aspects," Bangladesh
Foreign Secretary Hemayetuddin told reporters on Thursday in Dhaka. He said it
infused a renewed spirit for strengthening cooperation between the two sides to
address issues of common concern.
*First Safta ministerial
meet on April 20THE DAILY STARThursday, March 23,2006
DHAKA: The first meeting of Safta
Ministerial Council of Commerce Ministers is proposed to be held here on April
20 to take measures for making operational the South Asian Free Trade Area that
has been given legal effect since this January. Besides the stocktaking of
progress, the officials said, other regional trade-related issues, including
arbitration council, promotion and protection of investment, and customs cooperation
would also be discussed at the meeting.
Pak agree to dispose Interpol references (PTI), Rediff.com, March 22,
A joint statement
read out by CBI director Vijay Shanker after talks with his Pakistani
counterpart Tariq Pervez said the two sides decided to have periodical meetings
at short intervals between the Interpol nodal points. 'All efforts will be made
by both sides for expeditious disposal of pending Interpol references', the
statement said. The statement said the talks, held after a gap of 17
years, were 'constructive and held in a cordial atmosphere'.
sign two accordsTIMES OF
INDIA |Wednesday, March 22,2006
Following talks between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his visiting Bangladesh
counterpart Khaleda Zia, India
on Tuesday signed two agreements on bilateral trade and mutual cooperation in
combating cross-border smuggling of narcotics.
Earlier in the day, at a ceremonial welcome for Zia at the forecourt of
Rashtrapati Bhavan, Manmohan Singh told reporters "A strong and prosperous
in the interests of India,
South Asia and the Asian region as a whole.”
consider SAARC policeDAILY
TIMESWednesday, March 22,2006
DELHI: Top investigation officials of India
began two-day’s of technical level talks here on
Tuesday for the first time in 17 years. A statement issued by Central Bureau of
Investigation (CBI) headquarters said the deliberations focused on
institutionalising cooperation in tackling human trafficking and counterfeit
currency. Both sides also discussed the possibility of appointment of nodal
officers in both countries for quick exchange of information on criminal
matters, and the possibility of the formation of a SAARCPOL (SAARC Police) on
the pattern of EUROPOL, that fights cross-border crime
Navy Frigate on visit to Sri LankaTAMIL NET |Wednesday,
A Pakistan Navy Frigate will call on Colombo
port on March 23 on a good will mission. During its 3-dy visit, the PNS
Shahjahan will take part in joint exercises with the Sri
Lanka navy (SLN) and the Commander of the
ship will meet senior officials of the Sri Lankan navy to strengthen
professional linkages between the two forces, a press release issued by the
High Commission of Pakistan Tuesday said.
to launch Postal UnionKUENSEL ONLINE |
Sunday, March 19,2006
THIMPHU: Six remote gewogs of
Lunana, Shingkhar Lauri, Merak, Laya, Menjiwong and Serthi have been connected
to the rest of the country using VSAT terminals. The VSAT/e-post project
jointly implemented by the International Telecommunications Union, Universal
Postal Union, the government of India,
and the government will be formally launched on Monday, March 20. The
information and communication minister, Lyonpo Leki Dorji, Indian ambassador to
Sudhiir Vyas, the directors of Telecommunications Development Unit and
International Telecommunications Union, and the Regional Advisor will be
attending the launch in Thimphu.
trade crosses $1 billion markDAILY TIMES Monday, March 20,2006
Bilateral trade between Pakistan
almost doubled to cross the one billion dollar mark this year, an industry body
said on Sunday. The 400 million dollar increase in the year ending March 2006
was attributed to the opening of rail and road links last year, the launch of a
South Asian Free Trade Area Agreement (SAFTA), and Pakistan’s scrapping of
import duties on 13 commodities from India, including garlic, onions, potatoes,
tomatoes and livestock, that were scarce in its local markets, the Associated
Chambers of Commerce and Industry said in a statement.
HYDERABAD: Darul Uloom Nomania and Madarasa Anwarul Uloom
Latifiya in Hyderabad and Darul Uloom in Jedcherla have decided to teach Muslim
youth, in more than 100 madrasas in the State, lessons in patriotism to prevent
them from falling prey to the designs of terror networks. Also subjects on
‘peace, brotherhood and social service’ have also been introduced. The
135-year-old Jamia Nizamia has taken the lead by making ‘patriotism’ a
compulsory subject in the Alim training course.
to resume work on Salma dam in Western Afghanistan PAJHWAK |Friday, March 17,2006
KABUL: In an interview with Pajhwok Afghan News, Eng.
Muhammad Amin Munsef, deputy minister for Energy and Water said on Wednesday
that India will resume construction work on giant Salma hydroelectric and
irrigation dam in the western Afghanistan in the first month of the new Afghan
year (which starts on March 21), as agreed earlier. He added India
would be funding construction of the dam on HariroodRiver between Badghis and Herat
An Indian company first started building the dam in 1988, but long wars till
topple of Taliban regime in 2001, the construction work left incomplete.
committed to closer Lanka ties THE HINDU |Friday, March 17,2006
NEW DELHI: India
is committed to maintaining closer economic and cultural ties with Sri
Lanka, said Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath
Chatterjee here today, while
welcoming Sri Lanka's
new High Commissioner C R Jayasinghe. He added that India
and Sri Lanka
shared several common problems and greater interactions between the
Parliamentarians of both the countries would help in solving them.
*The 2nd Kashmir roundtable: Open to all, Rediff.com, March 16, 2006 IST
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad on
Thursday invited the hard-line Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani to
participate in the second roundtable
conference on Kashmir in May saying Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh is ready to talk to him separately.
"The next roundtable conference will be held in May in Srinagar
and I extend an open invitation to political parties, militants, underground
and legitimate organisations for the resolution of Kashmir
issue," Azad told the Assembly during question hour. "Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh is ready to talk to the hard-line separatist leader (Geelani)
even if he likes to talk separately," he said. "The issue of Kashmir
cannot be settled in isolation in jungles and we have to interact and find out
the settlement across the table," the chief minister said.
*Intra-Kashmir moot continues in MalePAKISTAN
TIMES |Thursday, March 16,2006
Intra-Kashmir moot of Kashmiri civil society members, belonging to different
walks of life, from both sides of the Line of Control (LoC) continued in Male,
on the third consecutive day Wednesday. The participants shared ideas and
experiences for building an environment of sustainable dialogue among the
Kashmiri people for strengthening the ongoing efforts for peace in the South
Asian region. The five-day meeting has been planned in such a way that it lasts
five days as brainstorming sessions on the flashpoint of South Asia—the Kashmir
*Jalalabad bus in Peshawar
after 27 yearsTHE NATION |Thursday, March 16,2006
PESHAWAR: The trial bus carrying 23 passengers arrived
here from Jalalabad Wednesday under the Pak-Afghan agreement to re-open this
road link after a period of some 27 years….According to the agreement, Afghanistan and Pakistan would open the Quetta-Qandahar road link
soon. A bus of Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation will also travel from Peshawar to Jalalabad after the formal start of the
service, which is expected in mid of next month.
invited to join TAP gas projectDAWN |Thursday, March 16,2006
ISLAMABAD: Turkmenistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan have formally asked India to become a partner in the $5 billion TAP gas
pipeline project and take a decision to this effect latest by May 15.
*Dr.Asghar Ali Engineer has recognized with Prof. Shah Sahid
Award by the Institute of Mappilas Studies, Thrichur, Kerala (India) for his
work on Islam and interfaith harmony.
PEACE EDUCATION & TRAINING
*The Rotary Peace And Conflict
Studies Program, of the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International is
accepting Rotary District-endorsed applications on a rolling basis for its next
session. The last date for applications is anticipated to be 15 June 2006..
More info from http://www.rotary.org/foundation/educational/rpcsp/index.html
or Jenn Weidman, Coordinator, Rotary Peace & Conflict Studies, The Rotary
Foundation of Rotary International, One Rotary Center, 1560 Sherman Avenue,
Evanston, IL 60201- 3698 USA, Phone: 847.866.3374, Fax: 847.866.0934,
*The Elementary School
Conflict Resolution Bibliography lists children's books that help teach
conflict resolution skills and reinforce positive behaviors on topics such as
bullying prevention, diversity, etc. The Bibliography in PDF format is at
You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader 4.0 or 5.0 to access it
*United States Department of Education (USDE) Course on Bullying Prevention
- The link to all of the USDE distance learning courses offered at no charge -
including bullying prevention and social and emotional learning can be accessed
by linking to this URL: http://www.k12coordinator.org/events_online.cfm
*The School for International Training offers the following programs in Conflict
Transformation Across Cultures (CONTACT) for
the coming year. More info about fees, funding, scholarships,
and applying to CONTACT, at www.sit.edu/contact
Summer Institute (May 29-June
Graduate Certificate Program
Onsite-, organization-, and
*TRANSCEND and the Romanian Peace Institute invite you to be involved in
“Youth for Positive Change”, a two-weeks (August 1-14th
2006) international peace camp for young (ages 16-28) peace workers and youth
activists for positive change from around the world! More information can be
found on our website at: www.patrir.ro/peacecamp
*May 12-14, Wellington, New
Zealand: MAJOR DISARMAMENT
CONVENTION of individuals and organisations with concerns about peace and
disarmament, featuring outstanding speakers from Japan, Brazil, French
Polynesia, Australia and New Zealand. A rock concert is being planned for the
eve of the workshop (Friday 12 May) with participation by leading NZ bands. More info from www.nccd.org.nz
or NCCD Peace Convention Publicity, PO Box 5129, Wellington, New Zealand.
*June 10, 2006, London,
UK: STOP THE
WAR ANNUAL CONFERENCE
including a wide range of workshops led by keynote speakers, at Friends
Euston Road, London WC1.
The conference is open to delegates from groups affiliated to Stop the War Coalition and to paid up individual members who
wish to attend as observers. More info from http://www.stopwar.org.uk/new/Conference.htm
- Bharat - Pakistan
People's Forum, Address of the Bangladesh
Committee, 225 Fakirapool (3rd Floor), Motijheel, Dhaka
– 1000. Contact Persons: Raju Ahmed, Member Secretary firstname.lastname@example.org, Abul Hossain,
The National General Meeting ofBangladesh Chapter of Bangladesh -
Bharat - Pakistan People's forum was held on 7th March, 2006, at Sahid Asad Milonayatan, Dhaka,
Bangladesh. A National
council of 51 members including 13 Members ad hoc national steering committee
was formed comprising Raju Ahmed as member Secretary and Comrade Abul Hossain
The adhoc committee decided to organise a National conference in the month of
May 2006, and Mahamilon Yatra from Dhaka to Islamabad
in the month of November 2006, subject to the preparation of Pakistan's
The General meeting unanimously endorsed the MURSHIDABAD RESOLUTION adopted the
conference of (formerly known as) Bangladesh
- Bharat - Pakistan Mahamilon Yatra Preparatory Committee on 2nd, 3rd,and 4th July 2005
at Murshidabad, West Bengal, Bharat.
1. Without avoiding any International forum Convention proposed the Govt. of
Bangladesh, the Govt. of Bharat and the Govt. of Pakistan must form a
without any delay, where without interference of any fourth Country all
disputed bi-lateral and tri-lateral issues will be resolved through
protracted, systematically and peaceful discussion.
2. Initiative will be taken to unite into an united
peoples' Organisation / Forum of all genuine Democratic, Peace lover,
Liberation hunger, Patriotic People of Bangladesh, Bharat and Pakistan.
3. This Convention invites all the Organisations, Parties, Groups, and any
Individual already working or willing to work in this issue, to take part and
join in this initiative.
4. To implement this resolution, Convention propose a tri-national united
peoples' Committee to be formed in this Convention named may be asBangladesh-Bharat-Pakistan
Peoples Union/Forum. Convention Propose a Co-ordination Committee consisting of
15 Persons, 5 from each Country.
5. Convention decides that one
Milan Yatra ( Unity Mach ) will be organised
starting from Dhaka to reach Islamabad via New Delhi through roadways with an
appeal of Unity, Prosperity, Democracy and Peace in the year 2006.
CONFERENCES & WORKSHOPS
*Changing approaches to fieldwork in India in the age of globalization,
a workshop being organized by Prof. Shalini Randeria
(from the University of Zurich) and Paolo Favero (from the Dept. of
Social Anthropology at Stockholm University, Sweden) invites paper-proposal for
a panel which will be hosted at the coming 9th European Association of
Social Anthropologists Conference to be held at the University of
Bristol, UK - 18th-21st Sept 2006. More info fromhttp://www.easaonline.org/