A strengthening of Pakistan's "incoherent" foreign policy tied to an age that has "past" , which must adapt to new and ever more "dynamic" world powers ; peaceful coexistence between Islamabad and neighboring countries , combined with the improvement of bilateral relations based on trade relations that should be pursued by means of a "urgent and proactive" diplomatic efforts. These are the requests made by thousands of citizens , who marched across Pakistan for the Solidarity March 2014 organized by the activist network Aman Ittehad (United for Peace) .
Activists and ordinary citizens
marched through the streets of Lahore, Karachi , Sialkot , Hyderabad,
Peshawar , Abbottabad , Quetta, Mardan and more. In Faisalabad
(pictured) at least 300 people marched, including lawyers, Muslim and
Christian religious leaders , politicians, educators, journalists and
students. Their common goal is to relaunch a program of "peace and
solidarity" and request the government strengthen foreign policy, in a
nation that has in the recent decades become a "surrogate" of foreign
According to estimates by the World Economic Forum ,
Pakistan is in 133th place out of 148 countries in the period 2013/14 , a
figure that shows an "alarming collapse" of its economic structures.
Reforms are urgently needed aimed at improving competitiveness,
enhancing the level of education and stepping up infrastructure. Within
the overall framework of "national security" in fact fit the goals of
"economic growth and stability."
The protesters also marched in
solidarity with the victims of terrorism, a growing phenomenon in the
country, in particular against religious minorities . Among the many
incidents, the attack on Peshawar's Christian community in September,
which caused hundreds of casualties.
The women's rights activist Amina
Zaman calls for a reform of the judiciary, strengthening of the penal
system . The former Christian MP George Clement adds that it is "the
duty of the State to" ensure respect for the law. "The government must
take serious action - he adds - against those who [...] foment extremism
through words or actions. We must not allow anyone to make misleading
actions in the name of religion or ideology."