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International Day of Peace being observed today

ISLAMABAD: International Day of Peace is being observed around the world on 21st September to show appreciation for those who are promoting peace and end conflicts across the world.

The theme for this year is “Shaping Peace Together”. The UN General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, through observing a day of non-violence and ceasefire.

NACTA National Coordinator Khaliq Dad Lak released a message that as the world is observing International Day of Peace, the people of Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir are longing for peace with dignity and honour.

21st September is celebrated as the International Peace Day to uphold the values of peaceful coexistence and also to acknowledge the efforts of those working to promote peace.

Over the last few decades, the world has witnessed multiple economic, social and environmental challenges. However, the rise in incidents of violent extremism and terrorism remains at the forefront. There is a growing realisation that all these issues are multi-faceted and interrelated.

Consequently, the need for pursuit of peace and the resolve to live in harmony has become imminent. This can only be achieved by working together through an integrated model espousing whole of a government and society approach.

This theme of this year’s Peace Day underlines the fact that the ideal of peace cannot be achieved by any nation or community in isolation. It is only possible by inculcating values of freedom, plurality and peaceful coexistence and by promoting cultural understanding and respect among various segments of society.

The director said our aim should be to end isolation and develop integrated communities that are less vulnerable to the influence of extremist elements.

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