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The Times of India

Published Date: Mar 14, 2014

Indian peace activists in Pakistan for ‘Track-II Diplomacy’

A delegation of peace activists from India is on a visit to
Pakistan to participate in the ‘Track-II Diplomacy’ aimed at enhancing peaceful
relations between the two countries.

Speaking at the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) here, Satya
Paul Arora, secretary general of the South Asian Fraternity, said the two
governments should relax visa regime specifically for journalists, traders,
lawyers, students and academicians for a better communication and business

The problems were not limited to the governmental level, but in fact serious
psychological and mental constructs among the people created serious barriers
and constraints for peace, said Kharaiti Lal Bhola, chairman of Patita
(destitutes) Sudhar Sabha.

Both governments should spend money on welfare instead of defence, he said.

In his concluding remarks, Shafqat Kakakhel, chairman board of governors, SDPI
said Pakistanis across the board want peace with India. If they join hands to
foster peace, they can make immense progress, he said.

Besides Arora and Bhola, other members of the Indian delegation were Satya Paul
Bhawani Shanker Kusum, chairman of Gram Bharati Samiti and S Ranjit Singh,
secretary of Lala Lajpat Rai Birthplace Memorial Committee.