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Pakistan - India: Go for un-interruptible dialogue - Citizen’s resolution for peace

7 May 2017

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Resolution for peaceful relations between India and Pakistan

Make dialogue un-interrupted and un-interruptible

In the 70 years since Independence and Partition, the people of India and Pakistan have seen too many conflicts and the loss of too many valuable lives. Enough of the distrust and tensions. Those who suffer particularly are ordinary people denied visas and those in the conflict zones, especially women and children as well as fishermen who get routinely rounded up and arrested for violating the maritime boundary.

We condemn all forms of violence regardless of its objectives.

Deeply concerned at the current rise in animosity and antagonism between India and Pakistan, we urge both governments and their security establishments to take all steps possible towards improving relations.

We note that whenever it seems that relations might improve, some form of disruption takes place ranging from jingoistic statements to militant attacks. The traditional response to such disruptions only strengthens those who want continued tensions between our two countries.

We move this Resolution towards a peaceful subcontinent and make the following demands to the governments of India and Pakistan, urging them to:

  1. Develop an institutionalised framework to ensure that continuous and uninterrupted talks between India and Pakistan take place regularly no matter what. Make dialogue un-interrupted and un-interruptible.
  2. Ensure that political leaders, diplomats and civil servants from both countries conduct talks on the side-lines of all international and multilateral forums.
  3. Recognise that the Kashmir dispute above all concerns the lives and aspirations of the Kashmiri people, and work to resolve it through uninterrupted dialogue between all concerned parties.
  4. Implement the 2003 ceasefire agreement between India and Pakistan.
  5. Renounce all forms of proxy wars, state-sponsored terrorism, state terrorism, cross-border terrorism, and subversive activities against each other including through non-state actors or support of separatist movements in each other’s state.
  6. Support and encourage all forms of people to people contact, and remove visa restrictions and discrimination faced by citizens of both countries. This must be further taken forward to allow visa-free travel between India and Pakistan.
  7. Increase trade and economic linkages between India and Pakistan.

Further, we urge media houses on either side to behave responsibly and stop broadcasting hate speech and creating public hysteria aimed at the other country and/or non-mainstream communities.


Name, Designation

  1. A. H. Nayyar, physicist, educationist, Lahore
  2. Aakash Chandran, Assistant Editor, Lighthouse Project
  3. Aasha Mehreen Amin, Deputy Editor, Editorial and Op-Ed, The Daily Star, Bangladesh
  4. Aastha Dua, lawyer, New Delhi
  5. Abha Bhaiya, activist, Himachal Pradesh
  6. Abhay Ramchand Shaha, Baramati, Maharashtra-Architect and National Secretary, Servas International Peace Organisation
  7. Abhishek Thakore, Co-founder, The Blue Ribbon Movement, Mumbai, and South Asian Youth Conference Series
  8. Achal Arora, insurance professional, Meeru
  9. Adil Najam, Dean, Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, Boston University
  10. Admiral L. Ramdas, former Chief of Naval Staff and Magsaysay Awardee for Peace, India
  11. Afia Salam, freelance journalist, Karachi
  12. Afrasiab Khattak, ex-Senator, Islamabad
  13. Akshat Singhal, Co-founder, The Blue Ribbon Movement, Mumbai
  14. Alefia T. Hussain, journalist, The News on Sunday, Lahore
  15. Aliya Harir, student at National Defence University, Islamabad
  16. Alka Subramanian, San Diego
  17. Aman Alam, software engineer, Bangalore
  18. Amardeep Singh, author, Singapore
  19. Amarpali Singh, poet, Chandigarh
  20. Ameya Kilara, Leadership Fellow, Center for Public Leadership, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
  21. Ammu Joseph, independent journalist and author, Bangalore, India
  22. Anand Chakravarti, academician, Delhi
  23. Anam Zakaria, author, development professional and educationist
  24. Anis Haroon, activist
  25. Anish Mishra, independent analyst and researcher on South Asia, Singapore
  26. Anita Dixit, social researcher, Kolkata
  27. Anita Katyal, journalist
  28. Anju Khemani, disability consultant, Hyderabad, India
  29. Anton Babu, entrepreneur, Trivandrum
  30. Anuradha Bhasin, Co-chair, Pakistan India People’s Forum for Peace and Democracy
  31. Arfa Khanum Sherwani, broadcast journalist, New Delhi
  32. Aruna Roy, social activist, Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan, Rajasthan
  33. Arundhati Dhuru, social activist, National Alliance of People’s Movements, India
  34. Asad Sayeed, economist, Karachi
  35. Asha Hans, Pakistan India People’s Forum for Peace and Democracy
  36. Ashok Chowdhury, All-India Union of Forest Working People, Delhi
  37. Asiya Shervani, diversity and inclusion consultant, Hyderabad, India
  38. Asma Jahangir, Chairperson Emeritus, HRCP & Advocate, Supreme Court of Pakistan
  39. Asma Shirazi, senior anchor/editor current affairs, Aaj News
  40. Atia Anwar Zoon, Assistant Professor, Federal Urdu University, Islamabad
  41. Ayesha Jalal, Mary Richardson Professor of History/Director, Center for South Asian and Indian Ocean Studies, Tufts University
  42. Ayesha Siddiqa, research associate SOAS, University of London
  43. Baela Raza Jamil, Founder and CEO, Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi, Pakistan
  44. Barnali Ray Shukla, filmmaker, Mumbai
  45. Beena Sarwar, journalist, teacher, editor Aman ki Asha
  46. Bina Sarkar Ellias, poet, editor and publisher, International Gallerie, Mumbai
  47. Bushra Gohar, activist, Peshawar
  48. Chaudhry Latif Akbar, President Peoples Party, Azad Jammu and Kashmir
  49. Chintan Girish Modi, peace educator, writer and researcher, Mumbai
  50. Darryl D’Monte, environmentalist journalist, Mumbai
  51. Deepak Kathuria, Association of Peoples of Asia
  52. Deepak Nahar, Past National President, JCI India
  53. Deepesh C, Assistant Professor, Chennai
  54. Devang Shah, international law and diplomacy student
  55. Devika Mittal, research student and convener (India) Aaghaz-e-Dosti
  56. Diep Saeeda, peace activist, Lahore
  57. Dilrukshi Handunnetti, journalist and lawyer, Sri Lanka
  58. Dunu Roy, Senior Fellow at the Centre for Public Affairs and Critical Theory, Shiv Nadar University
  59. Ellia Khan, Officiating Director, PeaceNiche | T2F, Karachi
  60. Elsa D’Silva, Founder and CEO, Red Dot Foundation, Mumbai
  61. Ershad Mahmud, Executive Director, Center for Peace, Development and Reforms, Rawalakot
  62. Ezabir Ali, women’s rights activist, Srinagar
  63. Farooq Shah, Managing Editor, Kashmir Observer
  64. Farida Batool, Head of Visual Arts National College of Arts (NCA), Lahore
  65. Fauzia Shahid, content editor PTV, Islamabad
  66. Farida Nekzad, journalist, Kabul Afghanistan, South Asian Women in Media (SAWM) president
  67. Furhan Hussain, researcher and trainer, Islamabad
  68. Gauhar Raza, poet, filmmaker, Delhi
  69. Geetha Durairajan, Professor, English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad, India
  70. Tej Kaul, Executive President of India Pakistan Soldiers Initiative for Peace (IPSI)
  71. Hameed-ul-Mehdi, Team Leader, Community Development and Entrepreneurship Foundation, Quetta
  72. Harsh Desai, Campus Head, Thadomal Shahani Centre for Media and Communication, Mumbai
  73. Harsh Kapoor, South Asia Citizen’s Web (net)
  74. Harsh Mander, writer, activist, Delhi
  75. Harsh Narayan, filmmaker and activist, Delhi
  76. Hilda Saeed, activist, member, Women’s Action Forum and Shirkat Gah
  77. Ilma Iqbal, law student and team member, Aaghaz-e-Dosti
  78. Imran Aziz, businessman, Rawalpindi
  79. Imran Zahid, actor, Delhi
  80. Imtiaz Ali, Deputy Speaker, Provincial Youth Assembly, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
  81. Inder Salim, artist, New Delhi
  82. Indra Munshi, sociologist, Mumbai
  83. Irfan Aslam, journalist
  84. Ishaan Jajodia, Founder, The Mumbai Art Collective & Student, Dartmouth College
  85. Jamuna Rangachari, writer and website in-charge, Life Positive magazine
  86. Jatin Desai, journalist, Mumbai
  87. Jayaprakash Satyamurthy, writer and musician, Bangalore
  88. Jayshree Murali, educator, VIDYA India, Mumbai
  89. Jayshree Shukla, concerned citizen, Delhi
  90. Jerusha D’sa, educational freelancer, Mumbai
  91. John Dayal, writer and activist, New Delhi
  92. Jyoti Malhotra, journalist
  93. N. Panikkar, historian, Trivandrum
  94. Satchidanandan, writer, Kerala
  95. Air Vice Marshal (retd) Kapil Kak, analyst, commentator on strategic and security issues
  96. Kalpana Sharma, independent journalist, Mumbai
  97. Kami Kidwai, management consultant, London
  98. Kamla Bhasin, social activist, India
  99. Karamat Ali, Executive Director PILER, Secretary National Labour Council and Founding member PIPFPD, Karachi
  100. Kavita Krishnan, Secretary, All India Progressive Women’s Association
  101. Kavita Srivastava, human rights worker, People’s Union for Civil Liberties
  102. Kedar Maddula, Wunderhaus Artists’ Getaway & Homestay, Pondicherry
  103. Kejal Savla, Program Lead at Community Connect Fellowship, The Blue Ribbon Movement, India
  104. Kenneth Joe Cleetus, Program Officer, Regional Centre of Expertise, Trivandrum
  105. Keshav Sharma, B.S. PPE Candidate, Northeastern University
  106. Khushal Khan, activist, Islamabad
  107. Kirthi Jayakumar, Founder, Red Elephant Foundation, Chennai
  108. Kishwar Naheed, poet, Islamabad
  109. Konchadi Vasanth Pai, retd company executive, Bengaluru
  110. Kuldeep Kumar, columnist and commentator, Delhi
  111. Lalita Ramdas, peace activist, Pakistan India People’s Forum for Peace and Democracy, Alibag
  112. Leena Dabiru, legal and development consultant, Delhi
  113. Madhulika Narasimhan, research and communications professional and core member Aaghaz-e-Dosti
  114. Mahesh Bhatt, film producer, India
  115. Mani Shankar Aiyar, peace activist, writer, former parliamentarian, Delhi
  116. Mannika Chopra, journalist
  117. Mansi Sharma, activist, Delhi
  118. Maria Patel, advertising and media professional, Pakistan
  119. Marvi Sirmed, journalist, Daily Times
  120. Maroof Syed, Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government (HKS)
  121. Maya Mirchandani, journalist, India
  122. Mazher Hussain, Executive Director, COVA, India
  123. Meenakshi Chhabra, peace educator, Lesley University
  124. Meenakshi Chakraverti, writer, San Diego
  125. Mehmal Sarfraz, journalist, Lahore
  126. Melanie P. Kumar, independent writer, Bangalore
  127. Afroj, research scholar, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi
  128. Mohammad Jibran Nasir, Never Forget Pakistan, lawyer
  129. Mohammad Shoaib, Aariz Media
  130. Mohammad Tahseen, ED, South Asia Partnership Pakistan & Convenor, Pakistan Civil Society Forum
  131. Mohammad Zakiuddin Mahdi, research scholar, Uttarakhand Technical University
  132. Mona Kazim Shah, founder, Project Pakistan, journalist and human rights activist, Dallas
  133. Mukesh Arora, financial consultant, Meerut
  134. Mushtaq Ul Haq Ahmad Sikander, Coordinator, Swarajpeeth Trust (Kashmir Chapter) & Founding Trustee, Inspire Me Foundation
  135. Najiba Ayubi, journalist, Killid Group, Afghanistan
  136. Nasim Zehra, journalist, teacher, TV anchor, Islamabad
  137. Nasima Karim, Co-founder and Focal Point Central Asia at Here We Are, Kyrgyz Republic
  138. Nandita Narain, associate professor in Mathematics, St Stephen’s College Delhi University
  139. Neena Gopal, Resident Editor, Deccan Chronicle, Bangalore
  140. Nidhi Razdan, journalist, India
  141. Niharika Awasthi, development communication professional, BBC Media Action, Delhi
  142. Nivedita, TV journalist, India
  143. Nirupama Subramanian, journalist
  144. Noorjehan Bilgrami, artist, Karachi
  145. Omang Agarwal, Asia Coordinator, Commonwealth youth Peace Ambassadors network, Delhi
  146. Ovais Sultan Khan, social activist, Delhi
  147. Pamela Philipose, Public Editor, The Wire, New Delhi
  148. Parag Shah, Communications Coordinator, Asia Plateau, Panchgani
  149. Pawan Bali, journalist and filmmaker
  150. Dr Pervez Hoodhboy, physicist and teacher, Islamabad
  151. Pervez Majeed, journalist, Srinagar, Kashmir
  152. Pervin Sanghvi, development communications consultant, Mumbai
  153. Praveen Singh, convenor for Milne Do and Students Right to Accommodation, Delhi
  154. Prem Shankar Jha, journalist, columnist, India
  155. Qurat-ul Ain, Lee Kuan Yew Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School of Government
  156. Rabeea Arif, Head of Graphic Design, University of Karachi
  157. Raheel Khursheed, Head of News Partnerships, South Asia & South East Asia at Twitter
  158. Raheem ul Haq, Senior Research Fellow at Centre for Governance and Public Policy, Forman Christian College
  159. Rahul Reddy, student, geopolitical analyst, technologist, humanist
  160. Ram Mohan Rai, advocate and peace activist
  161. Ram Puniyani, Center for Study of Society and Secularism, Mumbai
  162. Rahul Roy, filmmaker, Gurgaon
  163. Raminder Jit Singh, Founder and Director ‘THE – SARA’, Jammu
  164. Rashida Dohad, Executive Director, Omar Asghar Khan Foundation, Islamabad
  165. Ravi Kiran Jain, President PUCL, India
  166. Ravi Nitesh, peace activist, Founder, Aaghaz-e-Dosti
  167. Raza Khan, peace activist, Lahore
  168. Raza Habib Raja, PhD student, Syracuse University, USA
  169. Raza Rumi, Editor Daily Times, Cornell University faculty
  170. Raza Syed, journalist, Awaaz multimedia Group
  171. Reema Amin, educationist and peacenik, Lahore
  172. Rita Manchanda, writer, activist, Delhi
  173. Ruchhita Kazaria, advertiser, Kolkata
  174. Rumana Husain, artist, Karachi
  175. Saba Dewan, independent documentary filmmaker, Gurgaon
  176. Saeed Ahmed Rid, Assistant Professor, Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad
  177. Safia Bokhari, peace activist, Lahore
  178. Sahar Alamgir, student and development professional, Islamabad/London
  179. Dr Saima Firdoos, physician, Rawalpindi/Boston, former board member APPNE
  180. Sajid Iqbal, research scholar, COMSATS University, Abbottabad
  181. Saleem Asmi, journalist, former editor Dawn, Pakistan
  182. Salima Hashmi, artist, educator, Lahore
  183. Salman Anees Soz, activist, development economist
  184. Salonie Dua, student, University of Delhi
  185. Samiksha Raorane, Manager, Global Foundation, Mumbai
  186. Samir Gupta, IT professional
  187. Sandeep Pandey, teacher and social activist, Socialist Party, India
  188. Sanjay Kapoor, Editor, Hardnews Magazine
  189. Saroj Nagi, freelance journalist, New Dellhi
  190. Saroj Razdan, journalist, India
  191. Satyapaul, Secretary General, South Asian Fraternity
  192. Saumya Aggarwal, Co-founder, Youth for Peace International, Delhi
  193. Seema Mustafa, journalist, Delhi
  194. Sehba Farooqui, Democratic Human Rights Network, Delhi
  195. Sehba Sarwar, independent writer/Artistic Director, Voices Breaking Boundaries
  196. Sehyr Mirza, independent journalist, Lahore
  197. Sevanti Ninan, journalist, New Delhi
  198. Shabnam Hashmi, social activist, Delhi
  199. Shastri Ramachandaran, independent journalist and international publications consultant, India
  200. Sheema Kermani, activist, Director Tehrik-e-Niswan
  201. Sheharyar Rizwan, journalist, Lahore
  202. Shehnaz Ismail, Professor Emeritus, Indus Valley School of Art and Design, Karachi
  203. Shiraz Hassan, journalist, Islamabad
  204. Shivam Vij, journalist, Delhi
  205. Shrenik Mutha, independent activist and poet, Pune
  206. Shruti Arora (Achesh), theater educator
  207. Shruti Ganapatye, The Asian Age, Mumbai
  208. Shujaat Bukhari, Editor-in-Chief, Rising Kashmir
  209. Shuma Raha, journalist, India
  210. Siddharth Varadarajan, Founding Editor,
  211. Sini Nair, Educator, Cathedral and John Connon School, Mumbai
  212. Sristhi Chauhan, Fellow, Teach for India, Delhi
  213. Sudha Ramachandran, independent researcher and journalist, Bangalore
  214. Sunit Arora, journalist, India
  215. Swarna Rajagopalan, independent scholar and Managing Trustee, Prajnya, Chennai
  216. Swati Bhattacharjee, journalist, Kolkata
  217. Syed Ghazanfar Abbas, Correspondent, India Tomorrow News
  218. Syeda Afshana, columnist and media teacher, Srinagar
  219. Taimur Rahman, Assistant Professor LUMS
  220. Tapan Kumar Bose, Secretary General, South Asia Forum for Human Rights
  221. Talat Rahim, writer, Karachi
  222. Tanzeela Mazhar, journalist, Pakistan
  223. Tayyaba Hasan, Professor, Harvard Medical School
  224. Tulika Bathija, educator, Ecole Mondiale World School, Mumbai
  225. Uma Chakravarti, academician, Delhi
  226. Uma Sudhir, Resident Editor, NDTV
  227. Umair Vahidy, Dil Say Pakistan
  228. Umber Khairi, Producer, BBC
  229. Umer Abdur Rehman Janjua, columnist and author, Islamabad
  230. Umer Farooq, student, Lahore
  231. Urvashi Butalia, Director, Zubaan Publishers Pvt Ltd
  232. Vaibhav Arora, marketing professional, Delhi
  233. Vaishali Jethava, Program Coordinator, The Blue Ribbon Movement, India
  234. Vani Rijhwani, environment research student, Delhi
  235. Vasanth Kannabiran, writer and activist, Hyderabad, India
  236. Veejay Sai, writer, culture critic, Delhi
  237. Vijay Deshpande Satara, Maharashtra State Freedom Fighters Successors Organisation and Indo-Pak Friendship Forum, Satara District
  238. Vinay Nagaraju, Edward S. Mason Fellow and MPA Candidate 2017, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
  239. Vinayak Rajasekhar, Editor-in-Chief,
  240. Vipul Shaha, educator, Krishnamurti Foundation of India, Pune
  241. Waqas Halim, Director, Center for Technology in Education, Information Technology University, Lahore
  242. Yasmeen Kazi, Professor of Paediatrics, Karachi
  243. Yogesh Mathuria, peace warrior, World School of Happiness, Pune
  244. Zalla Khattak, freelance consultant, Islamabad
  245. Zar Ali Khan Afridi, Chairman FATA Commission of Human Rights
  246. Zakia Sarwar, teacher trainer, Founder Member, Society of Pakistan English Language Teachers
  247. Zohaib Karim, Co-founder and Lead Strategist at MentHub, Karachi

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