Different seminars on interfaith harmony were organised throughout the week and people from different walks of life attended the event.
Talking to the participants, Jononov Sherali, Ambassador of Tajikistan to Pakistan, said that faith minorities living in Pakistan must enjoy safety and security unconditionally. He said Islam has issued severe warnings to those who infringe rights of minorities. The saying of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) urging Muslims to protect the rights of faith minorities should be enough for people and authorities to protect and defend the rights of minorities against the terrorists, who do not represent any faith.
The event was also attended by Jao Paulo Sabido Costa, the Charge’d Affairs Portugal in Pakistan who in his speech, emphasized upon the importance of such events and said, “Pakistan will become a better place to live if exchange of ideas keeps on taking place. There is not much difference in the original messages of love in all faiths. Synthesis of the philosophies of the genius, true lovers of humanity and Saint may bring heaven on the plant.”
Shamim Masih, President REAP and Ambassador of “Parliament of the World’s Religion” and Safdar Chaudhry declared that religious motivated violence must be fought together and with passion. “The fanatics – whether at home or abroad – must be brought to justice, but that can only be done if people of multi-beliefs are united against them. Ideologies cannot be simply bombed but they need to be replaced with alternatives. The terrorists are killing people indiscriminately – their only aim is to cause chaos, devastation and bloodshed. Such violent actions are far removed from the teachings of any religious leader,” Masih said
Actor, Producer and Anchor, Saadia Hayat Khan attended the event with her documentary “Mein Bhi Pakistan Hon” and said, “People of faith must continue to defend the faith and liberties of each other. The cycle of hate and counter-hate, violence and counter-violence needs breaking.”
Interfaith dialogue holds an importance in highlighting many problems faced by minorities of a nation but at the present state of Pakistan, more needs to be done than mere dialogue. Practical steps, taken in the right direction can put an end to misery of Pakistani Christians.