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Provincial Youth Conference on Peace, Harmony and role of Youth at Karachi
an article by Javed Hussain, Executive Director, Sindh Community Foundation

Sindh Community Foundation in collaboration with Toyota Foundation organized a provincial youth peace conference at Marriot Hotel, Karachi. More than 100 youth activists from 18 districts of Sindh and civil society leaders attended the conference.

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Speakers included Punhal Saryo, Zulfiqar Halepoto, Javed Soz , Satar Zangejo , Azra Memon, Jabbar Bhatti. They spoke at the occasion on various issues of peace and harmony.

Before the speakers youth activists from different districts of Sindh Shakeel Ahmad, Azar Niaz, Hina Soomro, Paras Soomro, Hasan Rajput and other, were provided space to share their views on peace and harmony and their role of make peaceful environment and region specially in upcoming elections.

It was also discussed that violence is very common in Pakistani society so the values of inter- religious and interethnic and inter-community harmony are needed to overcome deteriorating anarchy and chaos in the society.

Speakers were concerned that the behavior of young people and overall society regarding their attachment with political parties is creating distance among different ethnic and religious groups. The participants from the tribal conflict hit zone in Sindh also shared very bad experience and state of the tribal conflict in different areas and it was also shared that the young people mostly are involved in such conflict to fight with other tribal so the economic and social development of young people and area is in hurdle specially in north Sindh.

It was empathized that youth can play very active role to reduce the extremism and violent behavior because they are much vulnerable to those. Participants were also afraid of violent behavior in elections as most of voter and agents of the political parties are young people with the age of 20-29 years. They emphasized that respect is prime paradigm to make the election free from violence and peaceful . Peace campaign and non- violent actions and values must be incorporated in the curriculum and grass root level behavioral change actions towards nonviolent must be implemented.


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Latest reader comment:

CPNN receives more and more articles from Africa about initiatives that contest the European model of "winner-takes-all" elections, and demand that elections should only be part of a broader democratic process that seeks consensus and compromise.

This fits with the pre-colonial systems of justice in Africa, when there was no monotheism and no single supreme god, no single supreme law, no single "truth" provided by divine intervention, but rather a compromise among many different "gods," perspectives and "truths" arrived at through a process of mediation, for example, the "palabra."

This report was posted on June 5, 2013.