ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi on Friday urged the West to be conscious concerning the sentiments of Muslims whereas pursuing the notion of freedom of expression in order to advertise interfaith concord.
“Creation of hatred within the clothes of freedom of speech is one thing the West has to look upon to extend cooperation amongst Islam, Christianity, and all different religions,” he mentioned in his digital tackle throughout a convention titled ‘Selling Interfaith Understanding’.
The convention was organised by Ambassador (retd) Akbar S Ahmed holding the Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Research at American College, in Washington DC, to advertise an understanding of Islam and the Muslim world in the USA and encourage interfaith dialogue.
President Alvi mentioned as in Europe, it was against the law to speak about sure ethnic atrocities of the previous, equally the love of Muslims for his or her Prophet (SAWW) was of utmost significance.
He talked about that the act of constructing blasphemous caricatures within the identify of freedom of expression was painful for Muslims, which the West wanted to watch out about.
President Alvi mentioned all through the historical past of humankind, a battle between religions translated into bias, which resulted into policy-making on the idea of prejudices.
Because the humanity confronted risks equivalent to world warming and pandemic, he mentioned, it was necessary to encourage tolerance in the direction of one another.
“[As mankind] We have to modify our way of life, rewrite the historical past which misguides us and likewise rewrite the way forward for cooperation and peace,” he mentioned.
The president mentioned Pakistan was a land with its roots embedded within the historical past of a number of multi-faith civilisations, together with Mohenjo-daro, Harappa, Mehrgadh and Buddhism.
He talked about that because the state was established, the founding father of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah had declared full spiritual freedom for the folks going to their locations of worship, might or not it’s mosques, temples, church buildings or synagogues.
He mentioned Pakistan was dedicated to proceed defending the rights of spiritual minorities within the nation to advertise interfaith concord.
President Alvi, nevertheless identified the damaging precedent in India of marginalising minorities by laws together with discrimination between Hindus and Muslims, thus resulting in interfaith friction.
He regretted that the world over hatred was being inspired to satisfy a specific political dialogue towards different international locations.
“The most important false impression occurring on this planet is faux information, which must be countered,” he added.
Amid the flood of knowledge on social media, he mentioned, the brand new technology should be capable of differentiate between reality and faux information.
Dr Alvi burdened that to cut back pressure and conflicts amongst communities, it was necessary to deliver folks collectively and stimulate their minds in the direction of attaining the objectives of interfaith concord.