ISLAMABAD: Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Sardar Yousaf on Friday underlined the need to spread the message that Pakistan was a peaceful country and Islam had nothing to do with terrorism.
He said that Paigham-e-Pakistan narrative was in fact the message of Islam. He appreciated the Islamic Research Institute and Islamic University for building a unanimous narrative which emphasised the peaceful nature of Islam.
“There is a need to spread this message all over the world so that everybody could be told that terrorism has nothing to do with Islam,” he said.
He was speaking as a chief guest at an international conference organised by Islamic Research Institute and Dawah Academy at International Islamic University.
The conference, which was held to highlight the message emanating from Pakistan, was chaired by Egypt’s Grand Mufti Shawki Ibrahim Abdel-Karim Allam.
The minister said that 1800 ulema from various schools of thought signed the Paigham-e-Pakistan declaration to tell the world that there was consensus in Pakistan that Islam negated all kinds of terrorism and militancy.
“This is our unanimous Islamic narrative which was spread by Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) 1400 years ago. Imam-e-Kaaba also endorsed the Paigham-e-Pakistan narrative,” he said.
He said that a joint statement from such a large number of prominent Pakistanis was a great success.
He thanked Egypt’s grant mufti for assuring that the Paigham-e-Pakistan declaration would be published in Arabic in Egypt.
He said that the government had fulfilled its responsibility and Islamic Research Institute had published Paigham-e-Pakistan declaration in the shape of a book.
Egypt’s grand mufti, in his address, said that Islam was a peaceful religion and through such a narrative a message should be sent that terrorism has no place in Islam and acts of terrorism should not be linked with Islam.
“A terrorist has no religion and he is an enemy of humanity,” he said. “We should work together for the complete eradication of the menace of terrorism,” he added.
Bahauddin Zikria University Vice Chancellor Prof Tahir Amin, Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change, Dr Usman Mustafa, Romina Alam, Allama Tahir Ashrafi, Mansoor Qazi and other speakers also addressed the conference.