Aaghaz-e-Dosti aims to eradicate mutual hatred and suspicion and desires to create unwavering bonds of peace and friendship. This is because we believe that miscommunication and lack of communication has helped sustain the conflict. To meet our objective, Aaghaz-e-Dosti has taken several initiatives ranging from interactive sessions in schools to public demonstrations, from art-based initiatives to writing articles and issuing statements. We are moving towards our aim through peace education and advocacy among common people, young minds on both sides of border through widespread network and dedicated volunteers.
Along with our main aim to enhance people to people communication and to provide a platform to people of both countries where they can learn, talk about peace and can exchange views; Aaghaz-e-Dosti has also see that there may be several small measures from the side of Governments of both sides to increase people-to-people communication for improving Indo-Pak relations.
These suggestions have been submitted to the Pakistan High Commission and Ministry of External Affairs in India and Indian High Commission and Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Pakistan with the hope that the two governments will consider and implement the best among these things to ensure stronger bonds of Peace and Friendship.
These are some suggestions. We believe that these demands to increase and facilitate Indo-Pak people to people relations will lead to a culture of mutual peace and understanding.
*Telecom Partnerships Allowing and encouraging partnerships of telecom companies on both sides, so that our telecommunication can work without restrictions while traveling in each other’s country. Presently, we lack such partnership as while phones of other countries work in India/Pakistan on international roaming, we do not allow the same for each other.
*Official Tour programmes Start of official tour programs to encourage travel tourism in each other country. It is required to increase tourism for better understanding and cultural exchanges and sharing of knowledge.
*Official Money Exchange Counters Establish and maintain official money exchange counters at immigration centers and in major cities of India and Pakistan. Information regarding these counters can be printed on visa forms as well.
*Bank Partnerships Allowing and encouraging partnership of banks on both sides so that online money transfer can be done between both countries. To start with, it can be done with specific measures such as limited amount transfer or information regarding amount transfer to government etc.
*Government Souvenir shops An official initiative of opening government souvenir shop in capital cities of India and Pakistan for each other’s country can be done, to promote the information about cultural heritage that we carry as well as to provide an opportunity to each other’s citizen to know about each other.
*Television Channels Partnerships Allowing and encouraging television channels to make partnerships to broadcast their services in each other’s country. Television is one of the strongest medium to understand about each other’s society.
Also, there are many more issues , already available in public domain where activists are appealing with Governments of India and Pakistan to take steps to resolve conflicts. These issues are resolving core issues Kashmir, Siachen,Sir Creek and Water sharing dispute, allowing easy visa process to cross borders, stopping cross border ceasefire violations, Release of fishermen and ordinary prisoners including women, children and aged persons.
We believe that these steps can be crucial in breaking stereotype of minds and in the long run, foster a culture of understanding, peace and friendship.
Very noble, humble and altruistic aims. My duas are with you.
Dr. Yamin Memon
Life Member Indian Red Cross, Ahmedabad. India.
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