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UPP! Urges Pakistan PM to Back Humanitarian Efforts for Peace
In light of today’s report by Amnesty International calling some of these drone strikes “war crimes,” UPP! urges President Obama to end violence, drone strikes and civilian casualties in Pakistan.
Will I be next? This slogan to build awareness to the plight of the Pakistani people living under drone surveillance and ongoing terror underlies Khurshid’s new peace project, which intends to stop drones from striking them and their children, their family, friends and local community. Khurshid’s peace project in conjunction with UPP! will also implement a program to end hunger, poverty, illiteracy and corruption in war-torn Bajaur Agency.
Dear Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif,
We want to express to you our support of your efforts to end violence, drone strikes, and civilian casualties in Pakistan’s tribal regions. Since taking office in June, you have been outspoken in your criticism of U.S. drone strikes targeting extremists in Pakistan's tribal regions. You also spoke out against these strikes in your speech to the United Nations General Assembly last month, arguing that civilian casualties from these strikes undermine Pakistan's "resolve and efforts to eliminate extremism and terrorism from Pakistan."
We are an international peace-building association dedicated to forwarding international partnership and stability on Earth. We advocate for an immediate shift away from nationally-driven militarization in economic exchange for the massive pre-emptive provision of humanitarian aid, disaster relief and community service to all people around the world with an international public media broadcast of this shift.
We represent an international multi-faceted collective of people, groups, and organizations demanding that President Obama and the United States government dramatically re-align and refocus their economic and political policies towards the pre-emptive provision of humanitarian aid, disaster relief and community service towards all people and specifically now towards the people of Pakistan.
The Scope of the UPP! Vision is ultimately to generate a global movement of people who are responsible for feeding, clothing, housing and educating every single person. We are quite literally committed to a world where 80-90% of the money now spent on the machines of war and on soldiers in the military is re-allocated towards forwarding education, providing goods and services, ending poverty and building humane and healthy communities for the future of all our children.
We are grateful for your coming to meet with the White House, Prime Minister Sharif, in spite of present policy and events. This demonstrates the determination of your leadership and the resilience of the Pakistani people. We are optimistic, but also cautiously realistic, now that the U.S. State Department has announced that $1.6 billion in security and economic assistance to Pakistan, which had been frozen during the period of strained relations, will be released.
We are presently announcing our humanitarian aid and educational service UPP! program in the Pakistani tribal areas led by our Regional Director in Pakistan, Muhammad Khurshid. UPP! will be opening an office in Bajaur Agency before the end of 2013. We are requesting a partnership with you, Prime Minister, such that the government of Pakistan officially endorses and supports our work in Pakistan.
We are confident that you and the people of Pakistan will support us, as we support you, in our common goals for peace, international partnership, and an end to violence in Pakistan. We shall be working for peace alongside of you as the restoration of peace becomes the first priority of the Pakistan government.
Seth D. King & United People for Peace (UPP!) Board of Directors
About United People for Peace (UPP!)
United People for Peace (UPP!) is a coalition of peace builders from around the world who are dedicated to responsibility, integrity, community, leadership, partnership, friendship and world peace. UPP! was founded in Los Angeles by middle school technology teacher Seth D. King, who wrote the One World Declaration of Peace, which was inspired by the high school students of LA’s College-Ready Academy High School #5. UPP! champions world peace, youth empowerment and education locally, nationally and internationally as a talent and support source for worldwide peace, education and justice movements: www.youcaring.com/voiceforpeace.
About Seth D. King
Seth D. King is a middle school technology teacher living in Venice Beach, Calif. He is committed to feeding, housing, clothing and importantly educating all children and young people. He is the North American Region President of the United People for Peace (UPP!), which is a coalition of peace builders from around the world. Mr. King also wrote the One World Declaration of Peace inspired by the high school students of College-Ready Academy High School #5 in Los Angeles, Calif.
Sign the One World Declaration of Peace Petition: http://www.empower2020.net/
One World Declaration of Peace Video: http://youtu.be/jgI46vVPYVQ
About Muhammad Khurshid
Muhammad Khurshid is the Regional Director in Pakistan for the United People for Peace (UPP!), which is a coalition of peace builders from around the world. Khurshid has been a respected journalist in the Bajaur Agency of Pakistan for decades. He has been a tireless worker for peace in towns and tribal regions. A self taught writer and journalist, Khurshid has written hundreds of stories and given thousands of radio interviews. Realizing the vast corruption in his native land and the resulting poverty, terror and war it has brought to this mountainous region, Khurshid has partnered with United People for Peace (UPP!) to not only promote peace in the region, but to end hunger, poverty and illiteracy. Khurshid lives Pakistan with his wife and four children, all of whom attend school. He is seeking donations to feed, clothe and educate his family and to open an UPP! Regional office in Khar town in Bajuar Agency, Pakistan. To learn more and donate, visit Empower Pakistani Journalist in a Stand for Peace: www.youcaring.com/voiceforpeace.