Provincial Minister for Human Rights and Minorities Affairs Khalil Tahir Sandhu has said that in order to create a culture of peace and coexistence we need to respect other religions and reconcile all conflicts, dismantling the culture of war and living with justice and compassion.
He stated this while addressing launching ceremony of Engaging Pakistani Interfaith Communities (EPIC), a pilot project of FACES Pakistan and the Kingdom of Netherlands, here on Monday.
The minister said that social media networks including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube had brought positive societal change in the world, empowering people to unite to fight society’s ills including corruption and extremism, terrorism.
Sandhu said that in the present scenario the need of combined efforts for peace and security without any discrimination of cast or creed had increased. “Our youth is a powerful force for change and their activism is in on the rise, communicating ideas aimed at catalysing positivity in society,” he said.
Deputy Ambassador of Netherlands Renate Pors said that the government of the Netherlands has been supporting the initiatives of the Punjab government as well as local NGOs to create awareness among people of different religions regarding universal human rights. She said that Netherlands was very keen to expand this initiative further with FACES Pakistan and will facilitate them to expand its coop to other parts of the province.
FACES Pakistan President Javed William said that EPIC has been designed to promote religious harmony, tolerance and peace through social media engagements along with street theatres.
MPA Shehzad Munshi, Kinnaird College for Women Principal Dr Rukhsana David, FACES Pakistan Secretary General Elaine Alam, religious scholars Allama Abdul Wahab Ropari, Mushtaq Hussain Jafri, Pir Zubair Abid, Shakeel-ur-Rehman Nasir, Kalyan Singh from GC University, Prof Herman Roborgh from Minhaj University, Prof Dilshad Rehmat from Islamia University, Bahawalpur, Dr Syed Mubasher Ali from LUMS, international human rights activists Rafia Alam and Aron Kumar, and representatives from different faiths were also present on the occasion.