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Rawadari Tehreek announces ‘peace campaign’

Our Correspondent March 13, 2016
Rawadari Tehreek chairman Samson Salamat addressing a press conference. PHOTO: EXPRESS

LAHORE: The Rawadari Tehreek announced on Sunday that it would launch a peace campaign on Monday (today) to promote tolerance and harmony in the country.

Several Tehreek members will leave for Sukkur today where they will arrange a festival.

Rawadari Tehreek chairman Samson Salamat told a press conference that the organisation was not an NGO or a political party but it was a social movement launched by those who wanted peace. He said schools, colleges and churches had been attacked by terrorists over the past few years. “This prompted us to start mobilising people for the movement,” he said.

He said nearly 500 organisations had joined the movement. He said that on the first anniversary of the December 16, 2014, terrorist attack on Army Public School in Peshawar, the Tehreek had written to the prime minister and various ministers to declare it a national day. “In February, we observed a day-long hunger strike in front of the Punjab Assembly demanding implementation of the National Action Plan.”

Ulema Amn Committee chairman Mufti Aqeel Pirzada praised the Tehreek for it efforts against extremism. Pandit Bhaghat Lal Kohkar from Balmik Mandir said his prayers were with the caravan.

PTI MPA Saadia Sohail said no religion preached violence. “No religion asks for harming the people from other religions or damage their places of worship,” she said.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 14th, 2016.


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