Jai Jagat asks Pakistanis to join Peace March in Geneva

The six-member Nepalese delegation belonging to Jai Jagat Peace March 2020 has invited Pakistani peace activists to join over 5,000 peace activists from across the world at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva on October 2, 2020, when the year-long international march will culminate there.

Addressing a press conference at Karachi Press Club on Friday afternoon along with Pakistani civil society activists Jagat Basnet head of the Peace March delegation expressed thanks to Pakistani human rights and peace activists for hosting various activities in Karachi and Hyderabad.

The Nepalese delegation, which arrived in Karachi on Sunday spent a busy schedule in Karachi and Hyderabad.

“Our team shares its sincere gratitude and thanks to the Pakistan government, CSOs, academics, students, professionals, human rights activists, political parties, media and individuals for their friendly and very kind cooperation and support for our global peace march,” said Mr Basnet.

Flanked by Pakistani peace activists and civil society members, he also expressed thanks to the PILER team including its head Karamat Ali, Karachi Press Club for hosting welcome reception and management of Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology (SZABIST) and other institutions and individuals in Karachi.

“We also visited Hyderabad and Tando Jam where we had fruitful interactions with teachers and students of Sindh Agriculture University, Tando Jam and members of Hyderabad Press Club,” Mr. Basnet said adding that we also met with our friends Mir Sikandar Ali Talpur of Mirpurkhas and Zulfiqar Halepoto in Hyderabad along with the civil society of the Hyderabad city.

The Nepalese delegation also included Ms. Geeta Pandit, Ms. Bhawani Ghimire, Lyam Bahadur Darjee, Somparsad Bhandari and Ghimire Bhabani.

Later, the Jai Jagat march participants along with Pakistani counterparts took part in a march from Karachi Press Club to Sindh Assembly Building.

The Nepalese delegation would leave Pakistan on Saturday. From Nepal, they would join the main Jai Jagat Marchers in Armenia.

About Jai Jagat

“Jai Jagat’ means ‘victory of the world’. It is in line with the concept of Sarvodaya (‘well-being of all’) that Mahatma Gandhi put forward. Jai Jagat is also “all for the planet”, and it should be a victory for our common humanity and not for one nation or group. Jai Jagat helps us refocus on an inclusive world based on principles of peace, justice and participatory democracy.

The biggest action is the Global Pace Foot March that commenced from Rajghat in New Delhi, India on  2nd October 2019, the year of Gandhi’s 150th Birth anniversary. It was led by a group of youths, women, senior social activists, human rights activists and promoters of inclusive growth and participatory democracy. The March for one year from 2nd October 2019 to 2nd October 2020, a total of 365 days will cover 12,000 kilometres and cross 10 countries It is expected to join 50,000 people on the way to Geneva, Switzerland for change and peace.

The themes of the global march are: Eradicating poverty, eliminating of social exclusion and inequality, alleviating the climate crisis, and halting conflict and violence.

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