Pune and Mumbai, 23rd July - 25th July 2007
Pakistan - India People's Forum for Peace and Democracy along with Peace Mumbai had organized public meetings on 'Democratic Aspirations of Pakistan' in Pune and Mumbai on the 24th July and 25th July 2007, respectively. We had invited noted Human Rights Activist and UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion and Belief Asma Jahangir and Retd Supreme Court Judge of Pakistan Justice Nasir Aslam Zahid.
Pakistan is passing through a critical phase of its history. Military Dictatorship has deeply entrenched and people are disillusioned. In such a situation fundamentalist and conservative elements try to fill the void. People at large and civil society are trapped in between. The voice of the people got a necessary outlet when legal fraternity with the active support of the people of Pakistan strived against unwarranted and arbitrary suspension of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Iftikhar Chaudhary by Presidential order on 9th March, 07. Since then people in general and legal fraternity in particular has waged a struggle for the reinstatement of Justice Chaudhary and restoration of democracy and independence of Judiciary through regime change.
With this background, to get necessary support from the civil society on the other side of the border, two public meetings and two interactions with civil society, both in Pune and Mumbai, one lecture session for the academicians and students at Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) and Meet the Press at Mumbai and Pune, were organized.