In Sacramento, California
Ras H. Siddiqui
Feb. 01 2002 -
The Pakistani Americans War Prevention Committee (PAWPC) of the
Pakistani-American Congress, brought its caravan of peace between India and
Pakistan to the steps of the California State Capitol Building in Sacramento
on Friday January 25, 2002. And as with the previous Rally covered by this
reporter held in San Francisco earlier this month, it was not the number of
people that were present that mattered but more the impact that they made
which counts. Just to compare, I even received a call from the Washington
Post Newspaper (a career first) on the report written on the San Francisco
event. PACWPC’s initiator Dr. Khawaja
Ashraf was also
interviewed in a subsequent Post report.
The Sacramento Peace Rally was part of what can be termed “A Day of Peace in
South Asia” that the Pakistani Community here held with much success. The
other events of the day including the visit of Pakistan’s Consul General
Raana Rahim warrant a separate detailed report.
Mr. Talat Sattar, Mutahir Kazmi, Abdul S. Khan, Arshad Wahla, Tasawar Khan
and myself from the Sacramento region remained at the local forefront of
this effort assisting Dr. Khawaja Ashraf, Prof. Jehangir Hamdani and Javaid
Syed from the San Francisco Bay Area. And just to mention here, we are
indebted to Mr. Rashid Ahmad for his help in the initial planning of
this Rally and I believe that due to the many other responsibilities that he
had on the same day, this later split up of individual efforts worked in our
collective favor. The Sacramento peace rally venue, the California State
Capitol has historically been utilized for many of our Community efforts due
to its high visibility and the fact that this landmark is a symbol of our
vibrant American democracy. And it is here that on this day Ms. Punam Kaura
from the local Hindu community and Subedar Joginder Singh representing the
Sikhs of this area along with
a number of
Pakistani-Americans utilized their democratic rights to say “NO” to war
between India and Pakistan, whose poor people already suffer the indignity
of poverty, illiteracy and the shortage of other basic human needs. This
message was echoed at many places in Sacramento throughout the day (on local
television (Channel 3) and the Sacramento Bee Newspaper gave it significant
coverage the following day in its Saturday edition.
The message from the Pakistani-American community was put together in the
form of a petition to the Governor, which was received by Mr. Steve Maviglio,
Press Secretary to
California Governor Gray Davis. The basic message was two fold: 1) There
should be no war between India and Pakistan and 2) A Peaceful and just
solution has to be found to the Kashmir Dispute the main source of the
problem between India and Pakistan.
Thanks are in order to all that made this Rally possible especially members
of our Pakistani-American community from ages 7 to 70 along with our Hindu
and Sikh friends for showing their concern for people back home. We are
aboard this India-Pakistan peace train in the United States at the moment.
Let us hope that the current leadership in India especially and in Pakistan
will hear our collective message and stop a great tragedy from happening to
a people who already share many hardships.
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