THE COALITION OF INTERNATIONAL CONSCIENCE
‘STOP THE WAR’
CHARTER OF DEMANDS
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
1. The foreign presence in
Afghanistan and is part of problem rather than the solution; Pakistan
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 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; Afghanistan
We demand the Government of
to make its own independent policies to ensure peace and development in the region; the mother of all civilizations. Pakistan
5. Afghan movement is led by leaders who are indigenous to
and legitimate representatives of resistance to foreign occupation; Afghanistan
These leaders must be treated as party to peace and brought into a comprehensive dialogue process as reflected in Pak-Afghan Jirga of 2007.
6. 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 with no covert agendas. China
8. It is not
Pakistan’s responsibility to ensure logistics for coalition forces in knowing well that much of it is used to destabilize and terrorize Pakistanis; Afghanistan
This support must stop unless approved by UN and conducted under transparent international safeguards and inspections.
9. Gross violations and exercise of human rights on selective bases are widely documented;
All Pakistani prisoners kept by coalition countries,
Pakistan, and in illegal detention centers must be brought back immediately and subjected to Pakistani courts. Afghanistan
10. 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
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:
Association of Former Ambassadors
Omar Asghar Khan Foundation
Society for Advancement of Health and Education (SAHEE)
Sindi Awam Sanghat
Good Governance Forum
Alternate Solutions Institute
Defence of Human Rights
And signatory Citizens
All Civil Society Organizations and Individuals world over are invited to join and raise their voice for the future of mankind.