LONDON: A young British Pakistani community activist will begin his road peace journey through 21 countries today (Wednesday) to emphasise the need for peace between India and Pakistan.
Star Malik will start his journey on 12.12.12 (today) at 12:12:12 to promote “better relations between India and Pakistan” on a Honda CRV, which will end in India via Pakistan. His car has been adorned with messages of friendships and flags of India, Pakistan and England.
Star Malik says his quest for peace is inspired by ‘Aman Ki Asha’ campaign which aims to minimise the differences between the warring South Asian nations. He will travel through three continents to reach Pakistan and then India to meet his ideals cricketer Imran Khan in Pakistan and film star Amitabh Bachchan in India. At the first stage of his journey, he will go to Europe and after that ME and then finally India and Pakistan.
“I will first go to Belgium, Holland, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, via Luxembourg, Italy, Spain, France, Greece and after coming back in the UK I will ship my car to Kuwait and then will travel from Kuwait to Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, UAE and then again the car will be shipped to Pakistan and then journey will resume to India.”
Star Malik intends to meet ordinary Indians and Pakistanis during his journey and will ask them how relations can be improved between both nations. Star Malik started tuning into Asian radios and television in 2007 when he was diagnosed Kerataconus (eye disease). Due to the illness, he started listening to current affairs to pass time and learned a great deal about the conflict between the two countries.
“That changed my perspective and I thought we all must make efforts to bring change in India-Pakistan relations,” says Malik, who is also an aspiring singer and wants to release an album with the message of peace.
Malik hopes that his journey will be successful and if everything goes according to his plan then at the end of it he will auction his car to” open a Star Malik Peace Centre in both countries”.