Parliamentarians, representatives of civil society, academicians and policy makers Wednesday unanimously stressed reviewing country’s educational policy, ensuring training of teachers, Ulema to respect other religions and their sacred places. Speaking in a seminar titled Promotion of Interfaith Harmony and Coexistence in the light of Paigham-e-Pakistan, said Pakistan could become a peaceful country by acting upon Mithaq-e-Madinah.
No country could progress without granting religious freedom to its citizens. Islam does not allow extremism. They said Common Faith Centres should be established at various places of the country to enable different people to practice their religion there. The Seminar was presided over by Rector International Islamic University Professor Dr Masoom Yasinzai. MNAs Dr Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, Ms Asiya Nasir, Ms Robina Khurshid Alam and prominent scholars from Hindu, Christian, Bhai, Sikh community and others attended the seminar.
MNA Ms Rubina Khursheed Alam read out a joint declaration saying that the declaration is in continuation of Paigham-e-Pakistan adopted on May 26, 2017 in a National Seminar on “Reconstruction of Pakistan Society in the light of Mithaq-e-Madinah under the chair of President of Pakistan. The joint declaration said that all citizens, irrespective of their faith shall have the protection of law and rights including right to property, education, family, faith, right to profess and practice their religion. Every citizen has the right to employment sans discrimination and right not to be discriminated in curriculum.
The religious sentiments of all the communities are important and reciprocal for each other. Such social and religious reciprocity requires mutual respect and tolerance in the subjectivity of faith. According to clause 16 of Mithaq-e-Madinah all Muslim and non Muslim citizens shall be treated with absolute equality. Places of worship, religious leaders and religious sentiments of all religions be respected. Interfaith religious and theological differences may not be debated without strictly following the ethics of disagreement.
Interfaith dialogue is a legitimate tool for advancing harmony and co existence.It should be promoted as a policy for maintaining peace, harmony and co existence in the society. Lectures, seminars, speeches and conferences encouraging love mutual respect, harmony and cooperation with other religious communities be promoted.—APP