Islamabad, October 26: On 22nd day of the Khunjrav – Karachi Peace Walk Asghar and Ejaz Rumi, two peace activists from Gojal – Hunza, Gilgit – Baltistan, reached Islamabad today from Taxila, having covered more than 900 kilometers of distance starting at 16, 500 feet high Khunjrav national park.
They were received by a group of youth belonging to Gojal Students Federation and Gojal Educational and Cultural Association at Tarnol, Islamabad.
In the evening GECA hosted a reception in honor of the two student peace activists who plan to walk up to Karachi. They plan to place two ordinary stones, picked from Khunjrav National Park, at the mausoleum of father of the nation, as token of the messages of peace, harmony and tolerance.
Farman Ali, Chairman of GECA, briefed participants of the reception about objectives of the peace walk and its significance in the times of apparent chaos. He appreciated the peace walkers’ role as an important step towards creation of a more engaged and thinking society.
Talking at the reception renowned young scholars, Aziz Ali Dad and Amir Hussain, applauded the positive initiative taken by the two young students. Aziz said that walking on foot has great cultural and historical significance in the context of Gilgit – Baltistan, as during the times of compulsive foot walk people were connected through organic social relations. He observed that due to communication ease people have lost sight of the importance of such organic links which at times results in deterioration of social fabrics, giving vent to friction rather than coherence in the society. He also applauded the visionary step taken by Ejaz and Asghar.
Najeeb, a lecturer at Karakurm International University, belonging to Chilas – Diamir paid glowing tributes to the initiative taken by the two youngsters. “Historically all important decisions have been taken by the elders but those have led our society towards feuds and violence”, he quipped. “However, this call for peace, initiated by the youth, is a positive change”, he said. Also speaking at the occasion was Waseem Ahmed, a young social activist from Gilgit city.
Engineer Baig Ali, Fayaz Ahmed Dewan, Engineer Jabbar and Azam Tajik also spoke at the reception. These speakers appreciated the positive step and emphasized importance of peace in Gilgit – Baltistan, Pakistan and rest of the world. They also offered moral and technical support for the two peace activists.
Towards the end Tayib Jan, vice – chairman of GECA, thanked all the people gathered for the reception. He said that the message of peace is universal and it can’t be limited to a region or a country and the peace walkers, in essence, are universal ambassadors of peace.
A delegation of young professionals and social activists also met the peace walkers and expressed solidarity for the cause.
Ejaz and Asghar would be addressing a press conference at the National Press Club, Islamabad today at 3 O’clock.
AAJ TV is exclusively covering updates of the walk on daily basis in a program called “AAJ Subh”, broadcast between 9 and 11, every morning.