The Institute for Peace and Secular Studies (IPSS) called for a candlelight vigil in front of the Punjab Assembly to remember the victims of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. The United States dropped the nuclear bomb on Japan during World War II that killed up to 166,000 people with adverse effects that were to last years.
Saeeda Diep, the Chairperson of IPSS stated that the terrible tragedy that befell Japan led to their resolve for nuclear non-proliferation. “Pakistan ought to learn a lesson from Japan and commit to nuclear disarmament,” she said.
In a climate of social and political unrest with poverty, unemployment, illiteracy plaguing the country, Pakistan is certainly in no position to support a nuclear program that poses a threat to world peace, our own security and is devastating for the environment.
It is time we set our priorities right and focus on the progress and prosperity of our nation and the well-being of its people. This is no time for silence. We must all join hands to rid the country and the planet of the most destructive creation of all times!