PESHAWAR, Feb 2 (Pakistan Point News - APP - 02nd Feb, 2017 ) : Speakers at a round table dialogue Thursday urged leaders of different faiths to play role for promoting religious harmony and co-existence among all segments of society through concrete efforts. "Religious leaders must use every available forum to highlight the need of the interfaith harmony, for that interfaith dialogue was must to bring peace and stability in the country," they expressed these views during a session on 'Social Stability and Role of Religious Leaders' organized by Peace Education and Development (PEAD) Foundation here.
On the occasion different faith leaders and representatives from various walks of life were also present. Addressing the occasion, Priest Church of Pakistan, Shahzad Murad called for mutual respect and interfaith harmony among the followers of different religions. He also stressed for the need of holding such kind of dialogues and meetings for promoting interfaith and bringing people of different beliefs closer to each other. Head of Minhaj-ul-Quran district Peshawar Ms.
Robina Moeen was of the opinion that minorities and women had a vital role to play in development of the country thus they must be brought into the social, economic and political mainstreams. She said there was no room for violence against any innocent human as it was unlawful and against the teachings of islam. Bishop Ernest Jacob told that the country was facing multiple problems including religious strife and lack of tolerance etc adding there was no better time for promoting interfaith harmony than ever before.
People from all walks of life must work for peace and prosperity in their respective fields, he added. Muhtamim of Madrassa Darul Quran-ul-Kareem Hayatabad, Qari Hassan Farooq said all citizens of the country including minorities had religious freedom and rights, but it was the duty of state to protect the rights of all citizens regardless of their faith, creed and sect. Baha'i community representative, Malalai Akhtari shared that traditional education focused on teaching, not learning and training of children which resulted in different issues in the society.
She said there were flaws in the education system and unless it was reformed altogether, the country could never be put on path to development and prosperity. Pandeth Shimla Pahar Mandir Kohat, Ashok Fani said minorities were loyal to the country and would always remain loyal. Earlier PEAD representatives Faisal Jalil and Mian Waseef told the participants that the foundation was striving for promoting peace and harmony among the people irrespective of their religious, ethnic or political affiliation. Muhtamim Jamia Islamia Peshawar Ghaus Ul Kabeer, Radesh Singh Toni, Augustan Jacob, Shaukat Advocate and others also spoke to the occasion and vowed to work for promoting interfaith harmony in the region.