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Peaceniks arrive with friendship on mind

punjab Updated: Aug 14, 2012 12:50 IST
29-member Pakistani delegation

Bringing with them a message of peace and friendship, a 29-member Pakistani delegation of peaceniks reached India through the Attari border to participate in the annual Indo-Pak peace mela. Likewise, a 20-member Indian delegation left for Pakistan to take part in a seminar and peace functions there.

Reaching India with a banner of Indo-Pak peace and small flags in hand, the Pakistani delegation that comprised of politicians, journalists and traders raised slogans in favour of Indo-Pak friendship.

Terming this annual peace mela held at Attari border as a great catalyst for the peace process, visitor Farah Naaz said: “Today, both the nations face almost similar issues, which is why the two must have good relations. People on both sides want peace and the governments must work for it. And, to improve the people to people contact further, the visa norms must be relaxed.”

Also part of the delegation, Punjab Assembly member Fayza Malik said: “Such peace melas go a long way in strengthening the ties between the two countries. Peaceniks have been making these efforts for many years, now it’s for the government and bureaucracy to keep the relations cordial.” Malik stressed that both the countries must improve the trade relations, as this will give a fillip to economy.

The Pakistani delegation will participate in a seminar and is scheduled to take part in the annual candlelight vigil at the border and pray for peace on the intervening night of August 14 and 15.

“We are thrilled to be a part of the peace mela and hope things will improve. For the progress of the subcontinent, it is very important that India and Pakistan have good relations,” said Mohammad Imtiaz.

The Pakistani delegation is visiting India under the banner of SAFMA - South Asian Free Media Association. The Indian delegation that crossed over to Pakistan included peaceniks, journalists, politicians.