Allahabad Declaration of the Pakistan India
Peoples’ Forum for Peace and Democracy
(31 December 2011)
We, the delegates of the 8th Joint Convention of the Pakistan India Peoples’ Forum for Peace and Democracy (PIPFPD) held in Allahabad from 29—31 December 2011, note with concern that the relationship between India and Pakistan has deteriorated since the last convention, which took place in New Delhi from 25—28 February 2005. The past seven years have seen the Mumbai terror attacks and a continuing assault on Pakistani sovereignty by NATO forces headed by the United States.
Against this backdrop, it has become incumbent on the peoples of the two countries to restore India-Pakistan friendship and revive the cooperative relationship that prevailed twelve years ago.
The Convention pledges to reinforce democracy, ensure socio-economic justice and defend the security as well as the right to life and livelihood of the peoples of the two countries. All these are under threat from the policies of the global hegemon and its accomplices in our two states who are currently wielding the levers of power.
The Convention is perturbed by the fact that hostility and suspicion continue to haunt the two peoples. The PIPFPD regrets that although it is a peoples’ forum, whose objective is to promote fraternal relations between the two countries, it has not been able to assert itself adequately.
8th Joint Convention of "Pakistan India Peoples Forum for Peace and Democracy" from 29th to 31th December 2011
To All the Members of the ‘Pakistan India Peoples Forum for Peace and Democracy’- India
We are happy to announce the dates for the 8th Joint Convention of "Pakistan India Peoples Forum for Peace and Democracy" from 29th to 31th December 2011. The Indian Chapter has communicated these dates and the Pakistan Chapter of the Forum has consented to it. We have already received a list of 247 Pakistan delegates’ list which has been submitted to the Government of India for Visa clearance. We have delayed announcing the joint convention to the Indian delegates as we want to be sure of Government clearance and do not want to disappoint the members again. Since there is hardly any time now for making rail reservation we are compelled to make this announcement in spite of not hearing from the Government of India on the clearance. However, this time around some senior members of the Forum have approached senior Govt. officials for clearance and in all probability we will have the joint Convention.
The venue of the convention will be Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India. We persuade all members to participate in the Joint Convention on these dates. Kindly get in touch with your respective state chapters and apply for participating in the joint convention. Where ever state chapters are not constituted apply directly to the National Secretariat. Registration forms will be available on the PIPFPD website as well as with the State Chapters.
Please also find attached a copy of the registration form. Each Application form must be accompanied by proof of payment of membership fee and a demand draft (in the name of Pakistan-India Peoples’ Forum for Peace and Democracy) of Rs.1000/- as registration fee for the 8th Joint Convention. Also note that all delegates shall have to bear the cost of travel to Allahabad and back.
You are aware that the Forum has no independent source of income. It is completely dependent on the membership fee and the contributions from its members and sympathizers. We request you to kindly contribute generously to the Forum for the 8th Joint Convention. Personal contributions and assistance in generating more funds will be highly appreciated and acknowledged.
Looking forward to your early response,
PIPFPD India Chapter
Registration form-8th Joint Convention [ PDF ] [ DOC ]
REPORT OF THE PEACE AND RECONCILIATION COMMITTEE
Venue: Asst. Chairman’s Hall. Constitution Club.
Meeting times :
Session I: 26th noon 1500-1800; Present members. Female
29. Male 41. Total : 72
Session II: 27th 1100- 1155: Present members. Female 11. Male 21. Total : 32
Co-Chairs: Dr. Haroon & Dr. Mohanty.
Joint repertoire’s: Ch. Naeem Shakir/Xavier Pinto assisted by two other participants.
The Peace and reconciliation Committee of the Karachi Declaration suggested that the committee from each country visits and makes contacts with various sections of people.
The sixth joint convention in Karachi , Sept 6th 2004 discussed and recommended that basic work has to be done in our own countries first. We have to create awareness and mobilize a broad-based PEACE platform.
1. Web site launched in Pakistan recently: www.geosites.com/pipfpdpakistan
In India www.pipfpf.org already exists.
2. It was announced that 7 fishermen are being released today/tomorrow from Pakistan. We thank both the governments for this gesture. Action in this area is ongoing.
3. The committee reiterated that the practical proposal was that six groups should be
constituted and they should initiate exchanges between the two countries. Hence A coordinator from each country has been inducted who will facilitate the meaningful exchange. These names are included elsewhere in the full report of the session.
1. Nuclear & Militarization: Kamal Mitra
2. Art and Culture: Dr. Ramesh Chandra
3. Trade and finance: Ramamurthy/Muhammed Idres Tabassum
4. Travel and commuting: Iqbqal A. Alavi /Adam Sehegal
5. Women: Uzma Noorani/ Pushpa Bhave
6. Media : Rita Mirchandani / Beena Sarwar
7. Peace Studies: Farrukh Sohail/
8. Youth: Bhuvanesh Jain/
The group then went on to make some proposals and suggestions for further action. Many of these have been made before and were re-iterated for firm follow-up.
• If we really want to promote peace we should devote a morning to a visit by Pakistanis to Indian Schools here in New Delhi and vice versa at the next joint convention.
• Let us start with teaching the children at the school level about Peace.
• Let a child be raised(adoption style) by parents on either side of the border.
• Pakistan and India are part of SAARC. We need to strengthen our multilateral relations in all in the whole sub continent.
• We should request both governments to ban films on War and make instead films on Peace themes.
• Action to be taken on the cultural front. A sub committee on art and culture. who in the next three months give a plan.
• Young people need to be focused on. We have to pass on a legacy
• Peoples organisations should be involved in peace building process like students Unions, Trade UNIONS, Kissan committees ,Human rights organization. etc.
• Human resource development needs to be done .
• Citizenship for married persons /nationals from each other’s countries.
• No need of Visas at all ! Or Visa on Arrival.
• Request for multiple –Visa to citizens from both countries.
• We celebrate jointly at the Khokra pass border together.
• Request for a Mumbai -Karachi Ferry.
• Exchange on the University levels Peace studies on the level of all Universities.
• Pak India should bring out a booklet showing the cost of War weapons.
• Victims of War should be involved in the PIPFPD movement.
• Committee to be set up peace literature for Children.
• Like we have chosen Water can we choose the area of Prisoners as priority?
In the world we live in today two contradictory conditions operate. On the one hand globalising agenda is pushing for relaxing fiscal barriers and allowing commodity flows. On the other hand domestically government is attempting to control the public and private lives of the people. As a result whereas trade related relaxations are being advocated between India & Pakistan, restrictions on movement of people are yet to be relaxed.
PIPFPD has consistently held the view that people to people contacts are decisive if relations between the two countries are to change for the better. Better relations between India and Pakistan will keep the region free of big power intervention, which is detrimental to both, since outside powers inevitably cater to their own interests. We also know that the two governments rather than realising the futility of persisting with their hostile policies vis a vis each other have been unmindful of the long term consequence of their obdurate mindset. In contrast the people of India and Pakistan share common concerns and problems, be they having to bear the burden of a new global economic order or a new international regime that threatens to take control over our resources, which brings both the people close. In addition a very large body of people of the two countries have family and friends divided by the man-made borders and are denied their right to reunite.
Hitherto we had believed that beginning of dialogue between the two countries would pave the way for improving and increasing people to people relations. There is need to shift the focus. Our experience shows that rather than state to state dialogue heralding people to people relations, it is the reverse which is true namely that it is burgeoning people to people relations that will compel our rulers to change their ways. Therefore, PIPFPD is convinced that unless the people break this logjam created by the rulers of the two countries, peace and democracy stands threatened and our people’s capacity to withstand imperialist onslaught would be compromised. We want the restrictive visa and travel regimes currently in place to be done away with and for this concerted and coordinated mass action be initiated by PIPFPD and likeminded organisations in the two countries.
With this in mind PIPFPD has to shift its focus to issues such as the right of the families to reunite; to work towards a totally visa-free regime; for opening more border points to enable the people to travel by land route; to dismantle the regime of prior clearance by different ministries for issuing visas to persons participating/attending seminars or workshops; to end restrictions on trade of books/magazines and all kinds of cultural exchanges between the two countries; to remove land mines and other impediments; to ensure easy access to students to study in educational institutions / universities; to allow access to health services for people of the two countries to avail; to allow people to send money to their relatives & friends without prior Central Bank clearance.
In short we demand that we be allowed to freely exchange ideas and opinions on all matters that vitiate official relations between the 2 countries, because the most intractable problems can be resolved by people unencumbered by paranoic national security mindset that seeks to prolong the inequitous and unjust rule by controlling lives and liberties of people.
Consequently, the Forum’s India Chapter has adopted the following slogan for the upcoming 6th Joint Convention of PIPFPD:
‘Defy the Divide, Unite for Peace’…
The workshop on 'Globalisation and Regional Cooperation' recognises the need for struggle against forced integration of South Asian economies and the necessity of forging a joint struggle against the common threats to the economy and polity of India and Pakistan by unfettered globalisation. It was pointed out that this struggle to counter the threat of globalisation has to be linked to the struggle for democratisation of our respective societies. Hence the struggles of dalits, women, workers and other marginalised sections needs to be linked to the movement for alternative development in the sub-continent. In this context it is essential to emphasize the interlinkages between the processes of democratisation and anti-globalisation.
The workshop identified the following common areas of concern:
1. The need to cooperate in building food security through a sustainable agriculture strategy that will exclude the multinational controlled seed/biotechnology/pesticide cycle. The possibilities of sharing appropriate and small technologies that provide for greater autonomy to agricultural and rural producers were explored. Water management and distribution issues need to be addressed on a regional cooperative basis.
2. The danger posed by the processes of concentration of capital and de-centralisation of production, informalisation of the labour force, multinational control over foreign trade, dumping of dirty technology by MNCs, and impact of short term financial flows on the economies was highlighted. The need to forge closer regional trade through strengthening the SAPTA and ultimately moving to a South Asian Free Trade regime to counter these was recommended. The need to immediately extend MFN treatment to exports from neighbours was emphasised. Greater contacts between the business and trade of the two countries need to be developed.
3. Sharing of information through a bulletin and a web-site on the impact of globalisation in the two countries was essential. Several areas were identified on which a data bank needs to be urgently built up -- dis-investment patterns, trade regimes, concessions given to MNCs, employment structures, social sector spending, feminisation of poverty, increasing inequalities, etc. The information should be widely disseminated and translated by local chapters of the PIPFPD.
4. Both the countries share common ecological regions, like the Himalayas, the Kutch and the plains of Punjab, which face identical issues such as degradation and environmental destabilisation. This provides the basis for forging a common strategy.
5. The two countries need to evolve joint strategies on multilateral negotiations, including the WTO, Global environment, Plant Breeders Rights, etc.
6. A permanent committee of 4 to 6 members be set up in the PIPFPD to initiate and implement the recommendations.
Rasheed Rahman Dr Ritu Dewan
April 7 2000
The Fourth Convention of Pakistan-India Peoples Forum for Peace and Democracy was held in Peshawar, Pakistan, on 21-22 November 1998
Proceeding, Recommendations and Declaration of The Third Joint Convention Calcutta, December 28-31, 1996
Pakistan-India Peoples Convention on Peace and Democracy Lahore, November 10-11, 1995
First Pakistan-India Peoples' Convention on Peace and Democracy, New Delhi, February 24-25,1995
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