ISLAMABAD: The rising tide of extremism, terrorism and intolerance can be defeated only with the Sufi message of love and peace, said President of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) women wing president Faryal Talpur.
“At present, Pakistani society is in a state of decay and degradation and this trend can be reversed by following the teachings of mystics,”, she said during her visit to the National Book Foundation on Friday. She called upon intellectuals, writers and the media to play their roles in confronting the country’s social, ethical and educational challenges. She urged them to use their pen to reacquaint the young generation with the “golden traditions” that have been trampled upon. She said we should all be ready to make sacrifices for the truth and stressed the dire need for educating children with books that inculcate character building, sense of responsibility and respect for the law.
Earlier she took a round of the book shop of the Foundation. The NBF managing Director Mazharul Islam briefed her about the various projects that the NBF had launched in the last two years, including book clubs and libraries in jails, railway stations and villages, to promote a culture of book reading.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 5th, 2011.