Representatives of different religions support coexistence, peace for every one
Representatives of Islam, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhs and Baha’is on Wednesday adopted Charter of Peace during an Interfaith Consultative Conference, arranged by the Peace & Harmony Network Pakistan (PHNP) at the Ambassador Hotel in which they urge clerics of all religions to include the message of peace and social harmony, brotherhood, acceptance and coexistence during prayer sessions – Friday prayer and Sunday Mass.
“We call upon all people to restore interfaith harmony as ignorance is at its peak today. To end duality and adopt values from different religions so that we may be able to create an atmosphere where everyone might have religious freedom, the religion must be use to end differences among different religious communities,” according to the charter. Punjab Parliamentary Secretary for Human Rights and Minorities Affairs MPA Tariq Masih Gill, Arch Bishop Sebastian Francis Shaw, PHNP Chairman Allama Zubair Abid and PHNP Secretary General Javaid William also addressed the conference.
Through the Charter of Peace, the religious scholars asked the people to restore compassion, respect and tolerance to the centre of morality and religion, to teach each other that any interpretation of scripture that breeds violence or hatred is illegitimate, to ensure that youth are given accurate and respectful information about other religions, traditions and cultures and also to encourage a positive appreciation of religious and cultural diversity, interfaith and intercultural harmony.
Baha’i National Spiritual Council Executive Member Dr Ruhiyyah Muffedi, Hindu leader Pandit Haroon Sarabdiyal, Dr James Channan, Allama Mushtaq Jaffery, Allama Shafaat Rasool, Syed Tauqeer Baba, Maulana Abdul Wahab Roprri and others also addressed the conference and supported the peace at regional and national levels.