India, Pakistan Peaceniks Hold Candlelight Vigil on Wagah Border

By Sawinder Singh for ANI

Several intellectuals and peace activists from India and Pakistan held a candlelight vigil at Wagah border crossing in on the eve of Independence Day.

The objective of this annual event is to spread the message of peace and brotherhood on the occasion of the Independence Day celebrations of the two neighbouring countries-India and Pakistan.

The midnight vigil on August 14-15 was held on the 63rd Independence Day celebrations of both the countries.

Bollywood Film Producer-Director Mahesh Bhatt, veteran Indian journalist-writer Kuldeep Nayar, Aitzaz Ahsan, former Pakistan Supreme Court Bar Association President and many social activists participated in the midnight vigil.

The participants carrying candlelights and torches marched to the Wagah Border raising slogans of Long Live India-Pakistan Friendship.

“Borders should be open and it should be soft and let people meet from both the countries. Because when people of both the countries will meet then governments will come under pressure and the situation will improve,” said Kuldeep Nayyar.

“Both countries can prosper only if there is a good relationship between them, we have to remove the poverty. Both countries are stricken with acute poverty, unemployment and hunger. Both the countries need to reduce their expenditure on weapons and then only we can reduce poverty and for that it is necessary to have peace, friendship and brotherhood,” added Aitzaz Ahsan, former Pakistan Supreme Court Bar Association President.

On this occasion, a music concert was also held.

India and Pakistan achieved independence from Britain on the midnight of August 14, 1947. While Pakistan celebrates its Independence Day on August 14, India marks its Independence Day on August 15.

This year Pakistan did not celebrate its independence day as a tribut to victims of recent floods in the country.

    • neel123
    • August 15th, 2010

    Will the light ever reach the Pakistani Army …… which is bent on harming India ?

  1. I wish it does sometime soon Neel. I have always said, India is not the enemy, the Taliban is!

    • Sparsh
    • September 8th, 2010

    looks like som1 hacked into a pakistani medical site and left a msg. but strangly enuff the msg frm the hacker seems vry peacful… anyway if u wanna check out: and look at the news ticker. the hacker goes by the name of Dumbledore.india.
    and if u want to view his msg directly thn log on to :
    i knw indian hackers have done simliar things in the past but this one left a msg of peace… and by the looks of it did not do anything harmful.
    so wht do ya thnk?

    • sheena raina kashmiri pandit
    • March 28th, 2011

    pakistan is a neighbor and can be a good friend, we must give peace a chance and India and pakistan can be so be happy with each other.. stop hating on each other and get around to sending friendship bouquets instead of missiles across our residential areas of srinagar, lahore, peshawar, mumbai, karachi, etc. .. kashmir is our homeland we are indians, we are pakistanis, we are desi….dont mind it… muslim ho ya hindu hum sab ek hai.. kashmiris unity … hindustan’s blessing!!

    • Thanks Shuhul Pandita Raina for your input. I can see you are a proud kashmiri. I am 50% kashmiri also from my mom’s side and can appreciate the love you have for that beautiful valley.

      Lets hope that the two nations can be a peace and be cordial w each other as neighbors and brothers. Thanks for visiting our site, please come back with such positive messages of hope and good will!

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