For hateful Pakistan, tv channel on interfaith harmony soon

Published: July 19, 2012
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Minister says media can play an important role at promoting interfaith harmony.

Minister says media can play an important role at promoting interfaith harmony.

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.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • Hasan
    Jul 19, 2012 - 1:09AM

    LOL @ the title…some idiot out there thinks it’s less ‘hateful’ to tar a whole nation with the same brush.

    Other than that, an interesting article…anything that can stop Pakistanis from looking at themselves simply as Muslims and non-Muslims is a good thing.

    Hasan

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  • Aamir Saeed
    Jul 19, 2012 - 2:45AM

    Heartening news ………… if materialised.

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  • Umer
    Jul 19, 2012 - 3:19AM

    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.

    Why doesn’t the state get rid of the blasphemy law first if it really means business?

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  • Ali
    Jul 19, 2012 - 4:36AM

    Good news. Actually, all TV channels should be working in this direction. No use making people hate each other.

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  • Caramelized_Onion
    Jul 19, 2012 - 6:41AM

    Maybe Geo can take the lead and fire Amir Liaquat from their show.

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  • Sabir
    Jul 19, 2012 - 9:05AM

    What could be more hateful than ET in Pakistan?

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  • Sana
    Jul 19, 2012 - 10:52PM

    Hate the title…..it demonizes Pakistani’s and takes away from the positive that your trying to highlight in this article.

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  • M Ali Khan
    Jul 23, 2012 - 8:10PM

    @Sabir:
    you. that;s who

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