LAHORE: As part of Independence Day celebrations, Pakistan chapter of the South Asian Free Media Association (Safma) organised a candlelit vigil at the Wagah border late on Thursday night.
Leading journalists, intellectuals, civil society and peace activists participated in the vigil and lit candles on both sides of the border. Participants waved Pakistani flags and raised slogans for peace between India and Pakistan.
Safma officials and peace activists from both sides of the border also exchanged greetings, flowers and candles and vowed to continue their struggle for achieving peace and promoting friendship.
Safma organises this vigil every year in memory of the people who sacrificed their lives while fighting for independence from the British rule and to promote peace in the region. It has been celebrating the day for several years in collaboration with Hind-Pak Dosti Manch and Safma’s India chapter.
Speaking on the occasion, Safma Secretary General Imtiaz Alam paid rich tribute to Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah for creation of Pakistan through democratic and constitutional means. He called upon the people and governments of India and Pakistan to resolve their differences through a sustained and productive dialogue. He stressed the need to promote connectivity and free movement of people and goods across borders of South Asian nations, India and Pakistan in particular. He demanded liberalisation of visa regime and free trade as required by SAARC framework.
On the other side of the border, SAFMA Punjab Coordinator Satnam Singh Manak expressed his solidarity with the people of Pakistan and called for steps to ease visa restrictions and allow free trade across Wahga/Attari border for the benefit of people on both sides of the frontier.
The candlelit vigil was preceded by a poetry recital and a musical show arranged at the auditorium of Safma Secretariat in Lahore.
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