We all have to strive for peace, amity and tolerance, because the promising future of this country lies in the promotion of these precious values.
This was said by Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC) Chairman Justice (retd) Rana Bhagwandas during the launch of Dr Khadim Hussain Soomro’s book “Sufi Shah Inayat—A symbol of interfaith harmony and civil liberties” at the National Language Authority (NLA).
A press release issued on Friday quoted Justice Bhagwandas as saying that Sindh has always remained the land of peace, progress and interfaith harmony.
The FPSC head underscored the need to promote the message of Sufi saints to fight off the obscurantist forces of fundamentalism and extremism that were gnawing at the roots of the society.
Dr Soomro said that like all the Sufis of the Indus Valley, Sufi Shah Inayat promoted peace, love and tolerance and also pioneered the concept of communes in Sindh much before Europe did. “In the early eighteenth century, Sufi Shah Inayat was custodian of the Sufi message and challenged the autocratic and sectarian regime by waging war against evil rulers,” he illustrated.
Pakistan Intellectual Forum chief Hashim Abro said that through his work Inayat has taught us to be united against civil injustice. “Inayat calls to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for the victims of our nation. If we have to rediscover our lost values, then we must read about the life and message of this revolutionary figure, who believes that love is the key that unlocks the door which leads to ultimate reality,” he added.
Dr Anwar Ahmed, Dr Khurram Qadir, Naseer Memon, Fayyaz Bakar, Dr Najeebullah Jamal, Fazullah Qureshi and Adeel Khan also spoke at the event.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 2nd, 2012.
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