If the Afghanistan War is so vital to American national security, let’s mobilize as a country, begin the draft, and pay for the war now.
Americans would not stand for these measures of course, begging the question how much freedom and war can we endure?
We have friends in Pakistan and most of the world, and most of our own country calling for peace; let’s listen.
By Raja Mujtaba in OpinonMaker
A meeting of different organizations was held under the Chairmanship of Admiral Fasih Bukhari, President Ex Servicemen Association and former Chief of Naval Staff, Pakistan Navy. It was represented by the intelligentsia, opinion makers and other influentials.
We, the people of Pakistan, progeny of the Great Nara (Sarasvati), Indus, Gandhara and Muslim Civilizations that predate all civilizations of the world; and a bastion of knowledge since antiquity; and those who have withstood all imperial adventures,
Having evolved a civilization founded on acceptance of higher values of civilized life, respect for others’ rights, culture of giving not taking, and imbibing an ideology of submission to God’s will, with the firmest of beliefs and faith in our abilities to discern the correct civilization path to a better tomorrow,
Disturbed and aghast at the policies being pursued by the oldest and nascent democracies; overtaken by the imperialist, expansionist and exploitative mindset; concerned that democracy is fast becoming the domain of the highest bidders; political-military and industrial complexes, financial cartels and believers of the doomsday scenarios,
Saddened at the gross violations of human rights defined in the Magna Carta, Bill of Rights of the American Founding Fathers and UN Resolutions, an infringement on the values of cultures, Faith in God that reflects separate standards and values; liberal for self and barbaric for others inherently leading to conflict,
Cognizant that silence is acceptance and complicity in the murder of the innocent; considering such militarized preemptions a violation by the governments on the largest suffering class of the poor in Pakistan, Afghanistan and all coalition countries fighting in Afghanistan.
Spiritually disturbed, because all faiths propagate peace, forgiveness and a quest for truth; rightfully asserting that all those who resort to violence and murder of innocent blatantly violate the universal common values of humanity,
Desiring that political and religious leaders in all our nations lead the way to peace for humanity, to stand united as equals, to save mankind and our planet from extinction.
Appealing to the international and national conscience to stand up and declare that ‘enough is enough’ because, civilizations, cultures and ideologies cannot be bombed out of the minds,
We, the Coalition of Conscience demand, that this, illegal, unjust, and inhuman war be stopped through the collective power of human resilience and conscience world over.
CHARTER OF DEMANDS
- The foreign presence in Afghanistan and Pakistan is part of problem rather than the solution;
The coalition Governments must immediately order a cessation of all military and sting operations in the region and allow peace to be negotiated.
2. Al-Qaeda is a convenient tool to blanket all opposition to US policies in the region and impose unilateral policies;
All efforts to use this pretext to prolong the presence in the region and to pursue an international agenda other than peace must cease.
3. On going coalition operations have a fragmenting effect on both Pakistan and Afghanistan;
All coalition operations with divisive effects must be stopped.
4. The entire spectrum of violence and instability in Pakistan is a backwash from Afghanistan created by the presence of foreign forces. Support to insurgent and terrorist groups in FATA and Balochistan originate from Afghanistan. If this is not stopped, the instability will spread to other regions as well;
We demand the Government of Pakistan to make its own independent policies to ensure peace and development in the region; the mother of all civilizations.
- Afghan movement is led by leaders who are indigenous to Afghanistan and legitimate representatives of resistance to foreign occupation;
These leaders must be treated as party to peace and brought into a comprehensive dialogue process as reflected in Pak-Afghan Jirga of 2007.
- Failing a clear timetable from the coalition for the cessation of war;
The Government of Pakistan will be urged to exercise this nation’s legitimate right to secure its interests against all hostile bases inside Afghanistan, supporting and funding terrorism and insurgency in Pakistan.
7. In order to ensure long term stability and prosperity in the region;
The Government of Pakistan must carry forward the inconclusive negotiations of 1996 and assist all Afghans (Resistance and Northern Alliance) to mediate peace. We welcome support from Saudi Arabia, Iran, Turkey and China with no covert agendas.
- It is not Pakistan’s responsibility to ensure logistics for coalition forces in Afghanistan knowing well that much of it is used to destabilize and terrorize Pakistanis;
This support must stop unless approved by UN and conducted under transparent international safeguards and inspections.
- Gross violations and exercise of human rights on selective bases are widely documented;
All Pakistani prisoners kept by coalition countries, Pakistan, and Afghanistan in illegal detention centers must be brought back immediately and subjected to Pakistani courts.
- Rendition centers, trials under duress and extra judicial killings including drones and blanket air strikes violate basic human rights;
War reparations and criminal trials of coalition leaders who have knowingly falsified evidence in support of war before their own people; their Parliaments; and before the UN Security Council must be brought before Law. All Pakistani leaders guilty of same must be tried under Pakistan laws.
These are the ten screams of conscience. Let them travel far and wide through the resonance of people’s will and be understood and acted upon with speed, honesty, and conviction. We wish a better and secure future for all nations of the world.
The founder members of THE COALITION OF CONSCIENCE are:
Pakistan Ex Servicemen Association
Association of Former Ambassadors
Christian Study Center, Rawalpindi Pakistan
Omar Asghar Khan Foundation
Society for Advancement of Health and Education (SAHEE)
Sindi Awam Sanghat
Good Governance Forum
Alternate Solutions Institute
Pakistan Overseas League
Defence of Human Rights
And signatory Citizens