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India-Pakistan Peace Day 2011
August 14 – September 21, 2011

Association for Communal Harmony in Asia (ACHA) is launching its 7th annual India-Pakistan Peace Day campaign for 2011.



*India, Pakistan students launch diary campaign, SAMN, September 1, 2011

Students from India and Pakistan have launched a first-of-its-kind initiative called “Ummeed-e-Milaap” to invite opinions on initiating peace. It will be compiled into a 120- page diary and released next year.

The brainchild of Techfest, the annual science and technological festival of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Mumbai, the venture is partnered by the Lahore University of Management Studies (LUMS) and the Association Internationale des Étudiants en Sciences Économiques et Commerciales (AIESEC), world's largest student-driven organisation.
“Ummeed-e-Milaap” aims at uniting the students of India and Pakistan. “We aim to set an example to the world that students can lead the way in establishing peaceful relations between countries and a hatred-free world,” according to Ronnie Philip of Techfest.
The programme received an encouraging launch on August 30 with over 350 entries from students of 11colleges here. IIT student Anish Sankhe writes, “Let's add every Pakistani Student on Facebook and share our thoughts. I am sure that [the] youth of both these countries thinks positively on the peace process. So friends, Lets remove the hatred, lets spearhead Love”….
Techfest aims at instilling in the youth of both nations a sense of fraternity. Over 30 colleges will be involved in Mumbai, Lahore and Karachi, and two dairies will be circulated for students in both countries to give their comments. In Mumbai, 11colleges will take part and about 20 in Lahore and Karachi.
From each college, 20 best entries will be selected and pasted in the diary, which will then move on to the next college. Students are required to comment on the peace process and their thoughts on the role of students, media, people-to-people exchanges and their perception of the common people in each country. An online campaign is also being launched where people can write their thoughts in a diary at
The diaries from India and Pakistan will be received by Techfest before the festival and an ‘Ummeed-e-Milaap Diary' will be created along with a special section for the best entries from the online campaign.
The diary will be released from January 6 to 8, 2012 and kept for public viewing. In Pakistan, the diary will be kept on display in LUMS during their scientific festival ‘PSIFI'.

*Peaceniks in candlelight vigil at Indo-Pak border, SAMN, August 15, 2011

South Asian Free Media Association (SAFMA) and Hind Pak Dosti Manch organized a candlelight vigil on August 14-15 night at the India-Pakistan border to pay homage to the martyrs of independence and promote peace. Carrying candles in their hands with the message of friendship, peace and love, peaceniks from both the countries turned up for the vigil in good numbers. They raised slogans for promoting peace in the region and improving relations between the two countries…

*Visually challenged have a vision for Indo-Pak ties, SAMN, August 15, 2011

They may not have seen their national flags flutter with pride, but they don't let that get the better of their patriotic fervour. As India and Pakistan gear up for their respective Independence Days, a group of visually challenged youngsters from the two countries are all geared up with their own cyber radio station to air their programme, " Two Nations, One Celebration"."Humanity believes in no boundary lines. We want to send out a strong message of friendship, unity and love to both the countries," says Salman Khalid, station director of radio Sab Ka Sath, based in Lahore, Pakistan. Started more than a year ago, the cyber radio station has many fans who are as ardent as the people who run it. "Indians and Pakistanis run this station together, and it really feels great when people come with requests for songs. Hum logon ki dosti bari achchhi hain. A programme that I run, called Punjabi Kishmish, along with a girl from Ludhiana, Punjab, and it is really a hit," said Salman…





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