Impulse of peace building comes from values and culture: Speakers

Rizwan Haider

 

ISLAMABAD: PAIMAN Alumni Trust organized a Mediation Skills Local and Global experience sharing forum at PAIMAN House, Islamabad. The purpose of the forum was to share experiences of local and global mediation practices and skills as a means to enrich the knowledge base of local practitioners in the art of mediation.

It was also an opportunity for peace practitioners to take global mediation practices and modify and apply them to their own local context. The event commenced with the address of Neva Khan, the Country Director of VSO. She welcomed the participants and referred to the Quiad e Azam’s belief that Pakistan is a country for all where we need to live in harmony irrespective of our religion, caste, creed and colour.

 

Chairman, PAIMAN Alumni Trust, Shafqat Mehmood gave a brief overview of the current conflict scenario in Pakistan and laid the foundation for the discussion that was to follow.

PAIMANs TOLANA members also shared their experiences and best practices of the work which they had conducted in the field regarding social cohesion and harmony using indigenous ways of dialogue and mediation.

Executive Director, PAIMAN Alumni Trust, Ms. Mossarat Qadeem shed lights on the Lets live in peace initiative and how PAIMAN encourages mediation through indigenous methods. She maintained that building peace is not the job of an individual but it has to be the collective effort of groups of people.

An expert on mediation skills with hands on experience of mediation in Northern Ireland Brendan McAllister shared his experiences from the work he had conducted. He was of the view that the spirituality of peace is a sense that there is more to reality than what is tangible and comprehendible on the surface. The impulse of peace building comes from our values and culture.

The event was largely attended by the members of civil society organizations, media, VSO staff and PAIMAN master trainers and staff.

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