Nuclear-Arms Ban Urged in Subcontinent

MULTAN, Pakistan, JAN. 30, 2003 (ZENIT.orgFides).- Christians and Muslims in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh have launched a joint appeal for the total banning of nuclear weapons in the subcontinent.

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The appeal was signed by more than 500 delegates of Christian and Muslim movements taking part at the South Asia People Summit in Islamabad, Pakistan, this month.

Christian movements working alongside Muslim movements in the network include the Justice and Peace Commission of the Pakistan Bishops’ Conference.

The network called on the Indian and Pakistan governments to eliminate their nuclear weapons, reduce their missile programs and sign a nonproliferation treaty. India and Pakistan resumed atomic testing in 1998.

The summit participants demand the elimination of all nuclear weapons in the region and they also call attention to the increasing use of repressive government measures against human rights activists.

A statement from the meeting condemns increased religious fundamentalism, which foments hatred and intolerance, and calls for the immediate disarming of all militant fundamentalist groups in the region.

The statement also called for an end to the trafficking of women and children.

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