So now the deal is done and Benazir is on her way back. I don't know
about the rest of the country but there are billboards sponsored by
various sychophantic politicians all over Karachi welcoming her
back... "Benazir Aye Gi, Aman Rozgar Laye Gi" (how she will do that -
bring about peace and employment - I really wonder). And where is the
money coming from for all this - and more than that, for all these
politicians and their supporters to live abroad in splendour, in
expensive cities like London? All eyes on Pakistan's 'presidential
election' tonight, but no surprises expected (Musharraf comes across
as increasingly deluded in the TV interviews he's giving - good one
with Zaffar Abbas last night on Dawn TV, a continuation re: army
today at 6 pm).
Meanwhile, let's raise a voice for Burma (I've signed the petition,
because Avaaz use the signatures well) - and for Swat in the northern
areas - below. Plus, a press note on the 2nd Indo-Pak Students Peace
Camp in Chandigarh, October 2-6, 2007
1. From Avaaz.org: Today, our petition to China and the UN Security
Council to stop the brutal crackdown on peaceful Burmese protesters
is being delivered to the world in a full page ad in the Financial
Times worldwide -- but the ad was rejected by other newspapers like
the South China Morning Post and the Singapore Straits Times. Our
message is an invitation to China to do the right thing in Burma, not
an attack -- yet even that seemed too much for media that fear
We won't let our voice be silenced like this. We're taking our
message to the streets, in an international day of action on
Saturday -- details are on our petition page, and below. And we're
redoubling our efforts to make our voice louder: our petition is
approaching 600,000 signatures, closing fast on our 1 million
goal.The petition link is below - send this email to all your friends
and family and help us reach 1 million voices by Saturday!
To organize an event for the global day of action, just follow the
steps below. To attend an event, scroll down our petition page at the
link above for a list of events around the world. Here's some simple
steps for organizers:
Choose a public place or landmark in your town, and organize friends
to go there all wearing the same maroon red clothing as the Burmese
monks. Tell local media about your plans, and email the details and
contact information to dayofaction@...
-- we will try to
advertise your event on our petition page.
Ask people attending your event to share their feelings on this
crisis and the need for action, and then tie a red ribbon or piece of
cloth around fences or trees to leave a more lasting sign of your
support for the Burmese.
The worldwide outcry to save Burma's peaceful monks and protesters is
one more sign of how the world is getting closer, feeling
increasingly responsible to each other, and for each other as human
beings. We're bringing a voice of humanity to this desperate
situation, and we must not be silenced.
With hope and determination,
Ricken, Paul, Graziela, Ben, Sarah, Iain, Galit, Pascal, Milena and
the whole Avaaz Team.
PS Here are some great links for local reporting on the current
situation in Burma:
2. Swat is going through a turmoil. Amidst rumors of the Army being
called to address the situation in Swat following the breakdown of
the "peace deal" between Maulana Fazalullah and the administration ,
we the citizens, urge that no military action be taken neither should
the situation be ignored. We, the citizens strongly urge that serious
attention for peaceful resolution of the problem be given.
It is a fact that citizens of Swat are threatened by fundamentalist
elements which poses a serious challenge to the lives and security of
the citizens. It is a fact that peace is threatened in Swat but peace
cannot be established through military means.
Such a situation calls for all parties including citizens, government,
media and clergy to enter into a meaningful dialogue with each other.
This situation as well as the Lal Masjid situation also compels
citizens to ask: who benefits from festering and turning a blind eye
to such situations? In other words, why are people initially
encouraged to challenge the writ of the state and then military
action is ordered against them ? Why is this being done at the cost
of the citizens?
Readers are requested to support this call for attention to the
peaceful resolution of the Swat situation by signing up at
You are requested to circulate this through your networks.
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minority,the individual is considered the most important.
3. PRESS NOTE, September 29, 2007
2nd Indo-Pak Students Peace Camp in Chandigarh on October 2-6, 2007
To promote peace, non-violence and people to people contact
especially in the youngsters, Centre for Youth Development &
Activities- CYDA (Formerly The Youth-Pakistan) in association with
Yuvsatta (Chandigarh), Gandhi Smriti & Darshan Samiti (New Delhi),
Dev Samaj College for Women, and KB DAV Sr. Sec. Public Schoolis
organizing its 2 nd Indo-Pak Students Peace Camp in Chandigarh on
October 2-6, 2007 after the success of 1st Indo-Pak Peace Camp called
Children for Peace 2006 held on October 2-6, 2006.
A 12-member Pakistani delegation will leave for Chandigarh through
Wagah Border on foot on Monday, October 01 at 10 am.
In order to boost the peace process, the camp organizers will also
celebrate Oct 2, the birth of anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, as
Pakistan-India Peace Day to salute the spirit of tolerance,
forgiveness and brotherhood.
During the camp, different themes will be adopted and discussed such
as Peace & Harmony, Nature & Non-violence, Environment, and Make
Poverty History. A mock UN Assembly will also be carried out on the
theme of "Make Poverty History" representing 20 countries around the
world discussing the problems and their solutions besides.
The prominent guest will include Ms. Nirmala Deshpande (Member
Parliament, Govt. of India), Mr. Pawan Kumar Bansal (Union Minister
of State for Finance, Govt. of India), Shri RM Patil (Ex- Dy CM,
Karnatka), Capt. Kanwaljit Singh (Cooperation Minister, Punjab), Mr.
Raj Mishra (Regional Director, Commonwealth Centre- Asia), Shri
Ishwar Singh (Director, Deptt. of Environment, CHD).
After this camp, same will be organized in Sadikabad (Punjab,
Pakistan) in the third week of April, 2008 to promote the gesture of
peace & harmony and people to people contact especially in the
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