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Interfaith Prayer for Reconciliation Held at the Tense Pakistan-India Border

An interfaith prayer for reconciliation and peace was held at the Wagah Border Post at the Pakistan-India border on 5th November 2005
An interfaith prayer for reconciliation and peace was held at the Wagah Border Post at the Pakistan-India border during the Edi-ul-Fitr day marking the end of the holy month of Ramadhan on 5th November 2005. Representatives from the Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Sikh, Muslim and other religious persuasions converged at the Wagah Border Post on the Indian side to offer prayers of peace and reconciliation. Led by Sahib Mohinder Singh Ji of Guru Nanak Niksham Sewak Jatha UK, 70 delegates from 20 cities attending the Goldin Institute of International Partnership and Peace travelled to this border post to join thousands of Indians and Pakistanis to offer their prayers of reconciliation and peace.

The cities represented at the Wagah Border Post for the prayers included Dar es Salaam, Jerusalem, Sarajevo, Belgrade, Birmingham, Bogota, Kabul, Addis Ababa, Harare, Amritsar, Chicago, Manressa, Barcelona, London, New Delhi, Rio De Janeiro, Mexico, Mumbai, Kiev, Islamabad, Phnom Penh, Kitgum, Taiwan, Chennai, Toledo and others. Representatives from Dar es Salaam were drawn from the GNRC Africa programme of Education for Peace.

The India-Pakistan border is one of the most tense and dangerous borders in the world over which three wars have been fought between the two nuclear power arch-rivals, with thousands of lives lost over the disputed Kashmir. Signs of reconciliation have been witnessed in the aftermath of the recent earthquake which ravaged Kashmir and parts of Pakistan. Muslim, Christian and Sikh representatives took their turns to offer prayers before the daily ritual of flag lowering handled by the Border Force soldiers of the two countries, begun.