Peace day being observed today

This year’s theme is ‘Recovering better for an equitable and sustainable world’


Our Correspondent September 21, 2021
Poster for the International Day of Peace. PHOTO: United Nations website

ISLAMABAD:

Like other parts of the world, the International Peace Day-2021 will be observed across the country on Tuesday (today), highlighting the five factors identified by the United Nations that promote a culture of peace around the globe, said a press release on Monday.

The UN General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, through observing 24 hours of non-violence and ceasefire. The UN-designated theme for this year’s Peace Day is ‘Recovering better for an equitable and sustainable world’.

Pakistan has always supported the UN in ensuring world peace. Pakistan has deployed one of the largest peacekeeping contingents under the UN umbrella. Pakistan has also been a key player in the Afghan peace process and supported the evacuation of different nations during the Afghan withdrawal.

“Pakistan has a clear stance on ensuring global peace and our resolve is to guarantee conflict resolution through UN Resolutions,” the press release said. “Unresolved conflicts are the perpetual/main cause of threat to humankind and global peace.”

The UN has identified five factors that promote a culture of peace: foster peace through education; seek to understand; promote economic and social stability; respect all human rights; advocate for equality, and choose democratic principles.

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However, in Pakistan’s immediate neighbourhood, all above UN-identified factors are being violated by India for a considerable portion of the population, especially Muslims and low-caste Hindus. India has been systematically involved in suspending HRs in different parts of the country and IIOJK.

The press release urged that Pakistan should reiterate at all the international forums that the stakeholders and the world community must take immediate stock of the situation in the region by considering the facts on the ground rather than seeing from the Indian prism.

“Pakistan must ask the UN to take all possible measures for the implementation of its resolution to end state terrorism from Palestine, Kashmir, Iraq, and Afghanistan where thousands of people sacrificed their lives for independence and peace,” the release added.

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