Peacebuilding and Youth Development.
Pakistan is situated in a region where fundamentalism/extremism in context of geopolitic has been posed, as one of the most threatening questions. The Islamic funConceptually, peacebuilding is complex and continuously evolving. It is often understood as having several key characteristics, including the long-term nature of the peacebuilding process, interdependence of actors, multidimensional nature of the process, and its concern with the consolidation of peace.
Peacebuilding is crucial for social transformation; it is needed by those who choose to use violence as well as those who elect a more passive approach as a means of resolving their disputes. Peacebuilding contributes to longer-term stability, and eliminates acts of violence. For peace to be sustained, it is crucial that peacebuilding practitioners, actors and entities formulate and implement strategies that lay solid foundations for economic recovery and development in fragile environment, region and countries. This involves the building of solid institutions that can support transformational journeys, as well as developing infrastructures to shepherd communities and people together towards resolving disputes through dialogue and mediation. Ultimately, peacebuilding is important. Not only is it indispensable in dealing with legacies that cultivate intractability, but it further recognises and addresses the root causes of conflict.
We help people living in conflict regions to find their own answers and bring lasting peace. We believe that there are alternatives to violence. We strive for a world in which conflicts are seen as something natural and human. We see conflicts as a chance for continuous advancement towards a peaceful coexistence. We believe that individuals and societies are able to overcome structural or identity based conflicts if they reach the mindset, knowledge and skills in order to handle conflicts in a cooperative way and resolve them without violence. We trust and understand the youth power of youth to bring changes in development and to resolve conflict through transformation, when individuals are empowered in this respect, we will see a continuous development of our society that leads to a more peaceful world when our youth and future leaders are involved and and engaged. Mediation processes present all stakeholders with alternative solutions and transforms the nature of the conflict from violence to diplomacy. Because of the integrative nature of this method, solutions or compromises have lasting value. The peace process brought about through mediation therefore includes all tracks of society from the individual and communal to governmental levels. Thereby we form a bridge between top-down and grassroot efforts to end violence and build structures which prevent future escalation.
There are many reasons and arguments, including power game for identity domination, political and economic empowerment and influencing others through their own interpretation of religious and political objectives. Religious power has been used by Local, national, regional and global politician, failed states, terrorists organizations, Defense Industries and the corporate culture. The cost of investing in proactive peace-creation is minimal compared to the lost potential caused by violence.
damentalism/extremism in Pakistan was officially supported after the Russian invasion of Afghanistan, and the world power uses Islam to consolidate geopolitical power for political purpose and extensive mass support to a “culture of jihad” within Pakistan lead by international terrorist group in the country.
American invasion of Afghanistan created a new dimension in the overall geopolitical and religious fundamentalism. The international terrorist group enabled to establish within the territory of Pakistan and Afghanistan to fight American invasion. The isolated and ignored Taliban group joined new terrorist group to fight for the 2nd holy war against American. The local Taliban also enable to get sympathy, compassion and support from the highly motivated strong religious group within Pakistan and Afghanistan and religious minded youth became highly influenced and joined the holy war for many reasons, including economic, political and religious.
Another major cause of conflict and violence that has gripped the region in serious conflict is Kashmir dispute between India and Pakistan. 69 years ago, India and Pakistan decided to part ways. Lines were drawn on land, water and even in the sky. They took different political turns. Their relations saw many ups and downs. There have been several instances of open conflicts. There have been instances where the relation had almost reached a dead end.
But beyond politics, beyond the control of minds, there are hearts which are still full of love and hope. Following every political clash, there were attempts by the civil society in both countries to rekindle the hopes. And each time, they managed to win hearts because they were only bringing out the hidden love and desire for peace which rests in every heart.
An average Indian and a Pakistani have the same secret desire to cross the border, at least once. They want to see what people on the “other” side eat, how they talk, how they look and how they think. And if it is to be believed what those lucky people who have visited says, they will be highly ‘disappointed’ because it is just the same there. We share a common history, a common language, a common culture and even a common desire.
With a huge sense of pride, the third generation would narrate how their grandparents had crossed the borders. There is a “Lahore Driving School” in Delhi. People on both sides are consciously trying to preserve this fact of migration. The images of the past, the nostalgia are still being invoked, after 69 years, after all the political clashes and fluctuating relations.
It shows the common desire which is to build strong ties of friendship and brotherhood. India and Pakistan has even the same political, economic and social challenges to fight with. So why to keep the falsely constructed distance?
Let these barriers only be political ones because socially and culturally there are no barriers. These barriers have been constructed and have to be demolished. The barriers of suspicion and hatred are also constructed and have to be demolished too. And these barriers cannot be removed by people with bodyguards or with guns. They can be removed by people who are faceless in crowds and voiceless in a chorus. They can be removed only by the so-called “common people” or the aam insaan.
Aaghaz-e-Dosti (lit. beginning of Friendship) a peace building project of JAD Foundation Pakistan initiated in 2012-13 in collaboration with India-based Mission Bhartiyam seeks to enhance people-to-people relations. It seeks to become the medium to discover and recognise the misrepresented reality on the other side of the border. There are also collaborating organisations for individual events.
Internal conflict resolution and transformation. We understand the causes and impact of the socioeconomic and injustice in the society, if not addressed will convert to conflict and many other elements of conflict complement to the conflict drivers converting them to violence and extremism. We at local level converting conflicts into peace and trust building opportunities through our reconciliation and training process.
Causes and effect.
During the last one and half decade over 100,000 innocent people have killed and billion dollar of poverties destroyed by the extremists and it has shaped a well-organized and well-resourced terrorist structure in the country. The violent drivers are dividing the religious leaders and creating interfaith conflict, sectarian misunderstanding and a situation of killing and destroying lives/properties.
Pakistan Army and Law enforcement agencies are continually fighting with the anti-state and antihuman elements, however, there is still soft corner in the mind of religious leaders for them.
India Pakistan conflict is another attractive business of geopolitic among the big powers of the the world and also the most profitable business for defense industries.
Novel solutions of this long outstanding issue is possible to the collective efforts of both the countries through political pressure, unfortunately this issue is still a game changer for the politician and religious extremists.
Civil Society organizations in India and Pakistan are playing a vital and positive role to raise awareness among the public and peacebuilding and conflict transformation for collective and sustainable development of South Asia in general and 1500 million people of India and Pakistan in particular. Over 20,000 young people engaged and involved across the two countries and their capacity building with practices and exposures highly productive and bringing a big change in the attitude and behavior of the youth of both the countries.
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