KARACHI: All political parties will together thwart any attempt to push Pakistan towards the state in which countries like Syria, Libya and Iraq currently are, an All Parties Conference (APC) summoned by the Majlis Wahdat-e-Muslimeen (MWM) decided on Sunday.
The MWM convened the APC on the subject of 'Sectarianism is poisonous for Pakistan' at the Catholic Garden. Representatives from Pakistan Peoples Party, Muttahida Qaumi Movement - Pakistan, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, Pak Sarzameen Party, Jamat-e-Islami, Jamiat Ulema Pakistan (Noorani), Jamiat Ulema Islam, Sunni Tehrik and others attended the conference.
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Talking to participants of the conference, MWM Secretary-General Raja Nasir Abbas said that the centre of global power is in Asia and the United States, United Kingdom and their allies could not stand it.
To avert this shift in power, these countries want to push Pakistan and other possible beneficiaries into war.
"The terrorism fueled by the US and its allies has rocked Pakistan. Their agents are instigating sectarianism in the country to achieve goals for their handlers," Abbas accused, asking political parties to join hands in fighting against the country's enemies.
"A strong central government is inevitable to eliminate takfiriyat [labeling others as infidels] from the country. And for this, the motives of all political parties should be retaining the Pakistan envisaged by Mohammad Ali Jinnah and Allama Iqbal," Abbas commented.
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He criticised former military dictator General Ziaul Haq for pushing Pakistan towards sectarianism and held him accountable for making the country lose the spirit laid in it by its founders.
Mentioning the strategic importance of Parachinar where over 70 people were recently killed and hundreds were wounded in twin bomb blasts by terrorists, he said that the area was the frontline in the defence of the country.
"Parachinar is facing threats from terrorist organisations like Da'ish and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi. If Parachinar weakens, then the entry of Da'ish to Pakistan cannot be stopped," he remarked, saying that the country needs to think every act of terrorism is on the nation and not on a particular group or community.
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PSP Secretary-General Raza Haroon said that people should respect the views and beliefs of others rather than engaging in a debate to prove one right and the others wrong. "To understand the sectarianism in Pakistan, we need to understand the great game against Islam."
He advocated that each and every citizen of the country possessed equal rights regardless of their caste, creed, religion, sect or affiliation.
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