Promoting Interfaith Harmony is pivotal in coping with security challenge being faced by country: Sardar Muhammad Yousaf Federal Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony

Lahore, May 27, 2015 (PPI-OT): Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony conducted Interfaith Harmony Conference: “Deen ka Husan: Aman o Bardashat aur Sabr o Tahumul” to provide an opportunity to leaders hailing from various religions to project, protect and promote interfaith harmony in Pakistan. Ulemas, parliamentarians and representative of different communities attended the conference in an effort to devise strategy to beat threats and challenges of religious intolerance being faced by our country.

Sardar Muhammad Yousaf Federal Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony was the chief guest of the event while other participants included: Mr. Siddique ul Farooq, Molana Tahir Ashrafi, Molana Khabeer Azad, Peer Amin ul Hasanat, Alexander John Malik, Bishop Irfan Jamil, Sardar Shaam Singh and others.

Minister Sardar Muhammad Yousaf appreciated the positive resolve being expressed by different religious leaders and reiterated that cemented interfaith harmony is only way forward to peaceful, progressive and tolerant Pakistan. Minister further added that Federal Government is sincerely working in collaboration with religious leaders to formulate an effective policy to implement valued principles of interfaith harmony.

A commission has already been made which has the mandate to devise policy to promote interfaith harmony while making peace, patience and mutual tolerance a hallmark of our society. Ministry of Religious Affairs tries to help the needy people from minorities with the relief money from its Welfare fund. Moreover, minorities have a specified quota in Government service so that to give them due representation in the state machinery. On the level of symbolic gestures 11 August is officially celebrated as Minorities days and Religious days of various religions are celebrated on national level.

Various eminent religious leaders stressed on the need of preaching and practicing values of reverence for all religions, respect for diverse beliefs and obedience to the law of the land. They all agreed on the point that increased cooperation and active collaboration at the clergy level will help in inculcating the sense of harmony and of peaceful coexistence among the followers of different beliefs in our society.

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