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The Nation

Published Date: Jul 21, 2012

EFFORTS URGED TO SHUN VIOLENCE, PROMOTE PEACE

Local leaders from Gilgit-Baltistan, AJK, and Haripur have vowed to shun violence and promote peace at a five-day training workshop on ‘Peace Building’ jointly organised by Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) and Search for Common Ground (SFCG) funded by Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA) here on Friday.

The training workshop which held from 16-20 July 2012 was part of activities for “promotion of dialogue for peace building through media and youth mobilisation in Pakistan”. It seeks to involve media personnel, local activists and youth in peace building activities and to present models of coexistence, tolerance and reconciliation across Pakistan. These trained leaders will form dialogue forums at district-level to build peace in their respective communities.

During training, Shafqat Munir, Asia Right in Crisis Coordinator, Oxfam deliberated on challenges of reconciliation and mediation and argued that, now conflicts can only be handled through process of reconciliation as use of power or applying unilateral approaches cannot work in today’s globalised world where people from across regions are intertwined together.

He also said that democratic values necessitate integrative negotiation, mediation and reconciliation as the predominant ways of dealing with conflicts.

Badar Alam, Editor Herald introduced peace building frameworks and principles to the participants and explained various conflict analysis tools. He said, we can solve conflicts only if we could understand its root cause.

Brig (Retd) Muhammad Yaseen, Senior Advisor, SDPI talked on negotiation skills and said, successful negotiation skills include establishing common goals, focus on interests not positions, separation of people from the problem, invent options for mutual gain and openness to third party assistance.

Ahmed Salim, Senior Advisor, SDPI conducted session on connectors and dividers of peace in conflict affected areas. Faisal Gorchani, Advocacy Coordinator, SDPI enlightened the participants on the role of stakeholder in the process of peace building. He trained participants on consensus building keeping in view the varying interests and positions of the stakeholders.

Other trainers at the workshop included Brig Sher Shah, Associate Dean, NUST Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies, Sadia Kazmi, Lectures, Defense and Diplomatic Studies, FJWU, Col Zafar Mehmood, NDU and Dr Humera Ishfaq, Lecturer International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI).