Scholars demand interfaith harmony through better education system in religious institutions
Peace rallies in Punjab, and way forwarded strategy also discussed
LAHORE – Religious scholars on Monday discussed in details the charter of peace, education system in religious institutions and Carvan-e-Aman rally in different targeted districts of the Punjab province and formulation of way forwarded strategy under the banner of FACES Pakistan and the Peace and Harmony Network Pakistan (PHNP).
The meeting was attended by Parliamentary Secretary on Human Right and Minorities Affairs MPA Tariq Masih Gill, FACES Pakistan President and PHNP Secretary General Javaid William, Allama Muhammad Zubair Abid, Rev Dr Majid Abel, Bhagat Lal Khokhar, Shireen Abdul Salam, Sohail Ahmad, Syed Mufti Ashiq Hussain, Khalil-ur-Rehman, Khawaja Aziz-ul-Hassan, Tariq Hussain, Mushtaq Hussain Jafferi and other scholars and leaders.
After a detail discussion, a document on the charter of peace was signed. On the ocassion, it was also decided that a Carvan-e-Aman rally will be arranged which will start from Lahore and will appear in different districts to promote peace, harmony and coexistence among different communities. MPA Tariq Masih Gill assured the participants that the government will fully cooperate with the Carvan-e-Aman rally.
Addressing the audience, Mr Javaid William urged religious scholars to play their positive role in promoting sectarian harmony and unity among people of different faiths. He also called upon the general public to maintain unity within their ranks and don’t let the relationship of mutual respect and affection die down. He described sectarian hatred and intolerance as a conspiracy against the peace loving and peace supporting people and unity of Pakistan.
Addressing the participants, PHNP Chairman Allama Zubair Abid pointed out that unfortunately the image of religious institutions is presented negatively throughout the world. “We have to work on a charter of peace and we have to come together to remove the negative image of the religious institutions as well as Pakistan,” he said. He asked the scholars to play their role in spreading the message of peace and harmony.
During the discussion, the education system of the religious institutions also discussed in detail and recommended peace education and non-violence as essential part of the curriculum of the institutions. For a more tolerant society, Peace and Harmony Network will soon arrange a series of discussions with scholars of different schools of thought.