ISLAMABAD: In a day and age where people in Pakistan have a choice from close to 100 public and private television channels, there are few there where one can turn to for greater interfaith harmony. To remedy this, the Minister of State for National Harmony intends to launch a television channel for that single purpose.
With the onset of Ramazan, most television channels will swap their regular programming schedules for one which is more tailored to the religious sensitivities of the majority Muslim demographic. However, the state owned and operated interfaith harmony channel has a single objective, promote peace, moderation and tolerance within the multiplicity of Pakistan’s society.
The Minister of State Akram Masih Gill Wednesday divulged details of the process to launch the television channel while addressing a "Peace Conference" organised by the National Commission for Interfaith Harmony and Human Rights Pakistan(NCIHP) at the Islamabad based National Press Club (NPC).
Minister of State stressed the need to promote moderation, tolerance and inter-faith harmony in order to eliminate the menace of terrorism from the society especially in the current national scenario.
Gill expressed his commitment to continue efforts aimed at promoting interfaith harmony and creating understanding and accommodation among different societies.
"Government and civil society have to play their role in promoting harmony and mutual respect among all faiths, cultures", he said.
He said that a bill will be tabled in National Assembly for increasing representation of the non-Muslim Pakistanis on the basis of population. Advisor to Prime Minister on Industries Basharat Raja said that Pakistan has given identity to us and it was our responsibility to work for the progress and prosperity of the country.
Gil said that media can play a very vital role in the promotion of interfaith and harmony, adding that media should work promoting soft image of the country.
Chief Executive NCIHP Ch. Qamar Raza Randhawa, Mian Ghafoor Wattoo and other speakers also spoke on the occasion.