Indo-Pak peace team from US
Washington: Americans of Indian and Pakistani origin have concluded their visit to the Indo-Pak subcontinent to generate goodwill for peace and reconciliation between the peoples of the two countries. The 30-member team included Hindus, Muslims and Christians.
After meeting Pakistani leaders, while in India the delegation called on President APJ Abdul Kalam, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress President Sonia Gandhi and other important politicians and representatives of major NGOs.
The delegation visited important cities like Lahore, Islamabad, Peshawar, Nankana Sahib in Pakistan and Amritsar, Jammu, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and Mumbai in India.
A short remembrance service was organised at the Wagah border checkpost for all those who lost their lives in various Indo-Pakistani conflicts since 1947.
While John Prabhudas led the Indian- American side, the Pakistani side was led by Dr Riffat Hassan and Nilofar Ahsan.
The Joint Delegation started its visit from Karachi on December 27, 2004 and concluded it in Mumbai on Jan 8, 2005.
The Joint Indo Pak Peace and Goodwill Mission was not sponsored by any organization or an outfit. It is a part of the people to people contact movement organized by the expatriate Indians and Pakistanis living in US, UK and Canada. It is for the first time ever, such an effort is undertaken by those people of India and Pakistan who live outside their homelands.
For more information contact the team leader John Prabhudoss at John@pifras.org
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