Considering the spiraling security situation in Pakistan a number of civil society organizations have joined forces across Pakistan to hold a peace rally on 1st January 2010 as a Solidarity Day at 3:00pm in 37 cities across Pakistan
The Solidarity Day is organized under Aman Ittehad — a citizens’ platform connecting trade unions, media, students, lawyers, youth organizations, minority groups, NGOs, academia, and business. The Solidarity Day will express a resolve to strive for stronger democracy and democratic institutions.
Critical of the role of the state as an imposer, oppressor, and non-deliverer, the Ittehad demands a redefinition of the state’s relationship with citizens by shifting it’s priorities from a security state to one that is unambiguously oriented towards development and responsive to the needs of all its citizens irrespective of gender, class, nationality, religion, occupation, age, etc. It calls for the supremacy of the parliament and an end to the dominance of the military and its agencies in political and governance processes.
The Solidarity Day will mark the beginning of a citizen struggle for their right to a life of dignity. It calls upon all citizens to join this struggle for peace and a democratic state and society.
The key message of the Solidarity Day is an expression of solidarity with everyone affected by violence and injustice, and a reaffirmation of public resolve that we will prevail – against injustice, against intolerance, against violence. It is also an expression of public commitment to strive for peace, democratic governance, rule of law, justice and a life of dignity for all.
Wherever you are – if you believe in a having peace prevail Pakistan it is time for you to step outside of the comfort of your home and show the world that you are serious – join us and be a part of the change, RSVP to the Facebook event and also help spread the word. Show up at the location in your city and be a part of the change
The list of cities and their corresponding locations are listed here, the list shall be updated of any changes leading up to the event on 1st January 2010