On 9thFebruary, 2019 Shaoor Foundation for Education and Awareness (SFEA) conducted Pakistan’s first ever National Peace Summit (NPS) titled ‘Peace Talks’.The summit included amazing stories of community resilience and how women, men, youth and transgenders are countering violence and extremism in their own domains. NPS had a great line up of speakers, panel discussions, networking opportunities and a lot more.
The agenda of summit was to bring all stakeholders at one common platform for policy level discussions and knowledge sharing regarding social peace building and countering violent extremism and pave the way forward to tackle the growing intolerance and extremism in the country.
NPS had a great line up of speakers, panel discussions, networking opportunities and a lot more. Peace Talks were curated on the format of TED Talks which had speakers like Aakif Azeem (APS attack survivor), Jalila Haider (Activist), Dr. Khalid Zaheer (Religious Scholar), Bubbli Malik (Transgender activist) and Muhammad Iqbal Lala (Writer/Poet/Mashal Khan’s father). The day also included panel discussions with Asma Shirazi (Journalist), moderated by Syed Shamoon Hashmi (Anchor/Joint Secretary National Assembly, Pakistan) and Amir Rana (Director Pakistan Institute of Peace Studies). The panels were attended by Pervez Hoodhboy (Academician), Kishwar Naheed (Writer), Ismat Raza Shahjahan (Politician), Dr. Farhan Zahid (Director Research NACTA), Prof. Dr. Mehmood ul Hassan (Consultant to Chairman HEC), Prof. Dr. Zia ul Haq (Director General IRI, International Islamic University) to talk about the social implications of peacebuilding and way forward.
The evening concluded with a musical performance by Fuzon (music band) where the band members also talked about the effect of intolerant behaviors in sabotaging art and culture in Pakistan. The participation of over 450 attendees at the event was a proof of AmnQalaab’s successful efforts of creating those ripples where people have finally started taking national peace as an issue worth considering.