LAHORE - Peace activists under the banner of Centre for Human Rights Education-Pakistan marched from The Mall Road to Sufi Saint Hazrat Data Gunj Bakhsh (Data Darbar) to highlight the importance of tolerance for a peaceful society and demand concrete measures to deal with extremism and terrorism. 

Peace activists lightened peace candles symbolically spreading the light of peace and raised their voices for peace.

On the occasion, peace activists reiterated to continue their struggle for peace, freedom and human rights in the country. Peace and tolerance march was led by CHRE’s Director Samson Salamat and Abdullah Malik, President of Civil Society Network, while prominent peace activists participated in the March including Umair Ahmad (Organizer Bangaladash Bharat Pakistan Peoples Forum), Akmal Awaisi (President of Tanzeem Al-fajar), Amna Malik (President of Armaan Foundation), Tanzeela Saher Meesaq Foundation- Sialkot, Almas Sawaira, Rosi Deewan,  Zahid Rehman, Adhu Ram and Naeem Haroon.    

CHRE’s Director Samson Salamat expressed concerns over the deteriorating law and order situation due to religious extremism and religious intolerance prevailing in the society which has crippled public life and the citizens are compelled to live under fear and terror. He criticised government’s appeasement policy towards the organised terrorist outfits and demanded that the terrorists should be disarmed before any negotiations and should be punished according to the law for killing thousands of innocent citizens.       

Samson suggested that all types of hate speech should be completely monitored and those involved in it should be apprehended.  He further demanded concrete policy for to deweaponisation of the society and review of the curriculums which has contributed to instigate hate and terror in the society over the last few decades.

Abdullah Malik said that the present government has failed to provide safety and security to the citizens and rather has adopted the policy of appeasement of the killers of thousands of innocent citizens. Malik also condemned the attack on religious minorities, particularly on the worship places of Hindu Community in Sindh by the religious extremist and fundamentalists. We also condemn attacks on Media and said that Media is pillar of state therefore Government should concrete measures to ensure the safety and security of media.    

Amna Malik said, “Peaceful environment is our right and the government and the state machinery is duty bound to protect our rights and take action against the terrorists who are spreading terror all around”. She appealed the citizens to stand united for peace and reject all those forces who are involved in violence in the name of religion and belief.