The international community should focus on the conflict resolution rather their management for the sake of world peace as progress, prosperity and development of human civilization hinges on in an atmosphere of peaceful co-existence. This was stated by Mian Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo, President Punjab PPP in his message on the Internatioan Peace Day which is observed on September 21 each year.
He said that it was well known that the peace and stability in the Middle East and in South Asia had been hostage to Israel and India’s reluctance to honour their international obligations to provide the opportunity to Palestinian and the Kashmiri people to decide their future. Peace will remain chimera in these two regions so long as the intransigence of the occupied states does not submit to the will of the people, he argued.
He urged both the countries to take a leaf from the recent Scottish referendum and must provide the opportunity to the Palestinian and Kashmiri people to decide their political future which was their inalienable rights
He observed that both the regions would emerge as citadel of peace and stability once these issues were resolved according to the aspirations of the people. Israel and India have failed to extinguish the fire of freedom from the hearts of the both people during the more than half century but peace remained a forlorn hope in both the regions.
He also called upon the extremists and terrorists that they should renounce violence on this Day as their narrative was self-defeating and had no role in the development of human civilization because it was based on the narrow-mindedness and defies tolerance, pluralism and co-existence.
Mian Manzoor Ahme Wattoo referred to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon’s message in which he urged the combatants to lay down their arms “so that people could breathe the air of peace”.
He said that political philosophy of the People’s Party totally harmonizes with the imperatives of the International Peace Day because it was the Party that had been struggling without rest for the empowerment of the people and their rights.