Speakers at a two-day workshop on "Youth for Interfaith Harmony" called for reducing tendencies of extremism, promoting interfaith harmony and preserving cultural diversity to ensure peace.
They said that creating and promoting fraternity and harmony among various communities could help ensuring peace and prosperity in the society.
Addressing on the occasion, Council of Islamic Ideology Chairman Dr Qibla Ayaz said, “All religions sermonize similar truths and virtues which, along with social and cultural ethics, could be built upon to enhance interfaith bonding.
Appreciating the cultural diversity, Dr Ishtiaq Ahmad said, "The diversity was our strength and the beautification of the society, and together we make a difference". He said, Quaid-i-Azam believed in religious harmony and had assured people belonging to different religions that they would be free to practice their religion without any fear in Pakistan.
Aslam Khan and Ms Saima Mubashra shed light on positive aspects of life and encouraged the youth to think critical and to be optimistic. The event was aimed at promoting interfaith harmony, initiating a dialogue on diversity and bringing together people from different faiths under one roof.
The workshop concluded in scholarly talks and interactive sessions on topics, including "To be underprivileged in Pakistan, culture, language and diversity”.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 4th, 2021.