Faiths for Peace Initiative

24 Jun 2002

The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) has organised a major initiative bringing together representatives of Muslim, Hindu and Sikh communities along with members of other faiths to appeal for peace in the Indian sub-continent.

Faiths for Peace – a multi-faith reception was held on Tuesday 25 June 2002, it called upon India and Pakistan to resolve their differences over Kashmir peacefully. The event not only strengthened good community relations in Britain, but also demonstrated the creative role that British Asians can play in seeking a way forward.

The event was held on Tuesday 25 June 2002 between 6.00-8.00pm in the Jehangir Suite at the Commonwealth Institute, High Street Kensington, London.

The Home Office Minister Lord Filkin and Foreign Office Minister Mike O’Brien addressed the audience, alongside Iqbal Sacranie, Secretary-General of the MCB, Mr Om Prakash Sharma MBE, President of the National Council of Hindu Temples (UK) and Mr Indarjit Singh OBE, JP, Chairman of the Sikh Council for Inter Faith Relations.

Speaking about the aims of event, Mr Sacranie stated `the threat of war between India and Pakistan has caused great anxiety throughout the world. In Britain this is most keenly felt amongst British Muslims, Hindus and Sikhs. But the situation if of concern to all. Faiths for Peace aims to harness the goodwill and co-operation that exists amongst these three faiths specifically and all faiths generally and present a united platform for peace. We hope it will send a strong signal to both the Indian and Pakistani governments to resolve the dispute peacefully.’ Turning his attention to Britain, Mr Sacranie added, `we hope this practical expression of unity and co-operation for the common good will reinforce good community relations here at home as well’.