Amid tensions in the subcontinent following the Mumbai attacks, a group of Indian and Pakistani intellectuals have appealed to the government not to take any steps that will weaken the "bonds" developed between the civil societies of the two countries in the last several years. While emphasising the need to eliminate terrorism, the civil society members, in a statement issued in New Delhi recently, also said that "war is not an option" and all talk of partial or targeted action are "ill-informed". Appreciating the restraint shown by Indian government, they said "precisely because it has shown sagacity so far, we would urge it to refrain from taking any steps and discourage the members of the government from making any statements that will weaken the bonds that have developed between the civil societies of our two countries over the past five years." They also felt that "difficult as it may seem", it is necessary for the two governments to resume the peace process. Among the signatories were social activists Rajmohan Gandhi, Teesta Setalvad, ex-Foreign Secretary Salman Haider, former Pakistan Foreign Secretary Humayun Khan, former Pakistani High Commissioner Aziz Ahmad Khan, columnist Prem Shankar Jha and journalists Siddarth Vardarajan and Nidhi Razdan. The statement was issued after a recent two-day meet here organised by the Centre for Dialogue and Reconciliation.