Candle Light Vigil for Peace

On Feb 12, 2014 International Human Rights Commission and citizen from different schools of thoughts held a candle-light vigil in front of Punjab Assembly to express solidarity with victims of religious extremism and terrorism and to condemn violence in the name of religion.

Representatives from Centre for Human Rights Education-Pakistan, Civil Society Network-Pakistan and South Asian Columnist Council were also part of peace vigil.

Speaking on the occasion, Chairman, International Human Rights Commission expressed his concern on the growing religious extremism and intolerance in Pakistan. He said that Talbanization is dangerous for the society. “We demand peaceful and prosperous Pakistan where every human being from any background should feel secure and live peacefully”, he observed. .

Centre for Human Rights Education’s Director Samson Salamat strongly condemned religious extremism and intolerance. He added it's the duty of the state institutions, government as a whole and political parties to adopt the ways and means to lead Pakistan towards a peaceful and tolerant society.

Mr. Abdullah Malik President of Civil Society Network-Pakistan said that dialogue with Taliban meant that Government of Pakistan had recognized the Taliban as equal power. “We condemn all types of religious extremism and attacks on the polio health workers, security personal and journalist. He further said that it is responsibility of the state to provide security of life to all citizens irrespective of religion, faith, cast, color and creed.