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Published Date: Mar 6, 2013

Local leaders vow to work for conflict resolution at community level

Local
leaders hailing from various districts across Azad Kashmir, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
and Punjab have vowed to promote peace and stop violence in their communities
through collaborative, solution-oriented approaches.

They
were speaking during a 5-day training workshop on peace-building jointly
organised by Sustainable Development Policy Institute and Search for Common
Ground-Pakistan (SFCG).

Conducted
as part of SFCG-Pakistan’s national ‘Pakistan Peace Initiative,’ a project
supported by the Danish International Development Agency, the training aimed at
enhancing the capacity of Pakistan’s local leaders to explore issues affecting
them through a constructive approach geared towards reconciliation and
peace-building.

Held
on February 1-5, the workshop was attended by 16 participants comprising local
political leaders, tribal elders, religious scholars, Jirga members, district
government officials, representatives from civil society organisations and
private sector.

The
trained leaders for peace will also participate in forthcoming district-level
dialogue forums where they will engage in constructive discussions on
peace-building and democratisation processes.

Ammara
Durrani, Country Director, SFCG-Pakistan, addressing the concluding session
said that we are standing at a point in Pakistan’s history when there is an
urgent need to localise the concepts of peace and security.