Speakers stress that media and political parties should join hands to work for restoration of peace

Peshawar: Speakers at a seminar on religious harmony have stressed the need that representatives of different schools of thought, civil society organizations, media and political parties should join hands to work coordinately for restoration of peace, protection, rights and development.

These views were expressed by representatives of various religions and media organizations while speaking at a seminar titled peace, protection, rights and developments at Peshawar Press Club on Wednesday.

The seminar was organized by Journalists Welfare, Safety and Development Foundation (JWSDF) in collaboration with Peshawar Press Club and Strengthening Participatory Organization (SPO).

Prominent among those spoke on the occasion include National Peace Committee For Interfaith Harmony Chairman Allama Mohammad Shoaib, Allama Mehmood-ul-Hassan, Dr Jan G, Gul Charan Singh, Salaim Raza, Allama Abid Hussain Shakiri, press club capacity building committee’s chairman Roishad, press club housing committee Chairman Riaz Khan Daudzai and JWSDF Chairman Ali Hazrat Bacha.

Allama Mohammad Shoaib urged people belonging to all religions, different organizations, especially media to extend cooperation to each others for the sake of society to ensure protection, peace and development. He invited media to become part of the national peace committee for interfaith harmony to create awareness among the people as true Pakistanis.

“Media is like hands, mouth and ears of the society and it can play vital role in reformation of the society,” said Allama Mehmood-ul-Hassan, saying that Islam was a religion of peace, love, harmony, and preached protection, security of all the people irrespective or religion.

Similarly Allama Abid Hussain Shakiri said that Islam never allowed bloodshed and violence but emphasized upon the people to give respect to each others. He said that the religious scholars should develop similar opinion against the violence, suicide bombings. He also asked for judicial activism to provide speedy justice to the people and overcome the cruelties.

However, in his views the Christian community representative Saleem Raza said that in the prevailing disturbed situation one could not expect protection, rights and development because basic need for uplift was tranquility.

Dr Jan G said that the people should work for peace jointly irrespective of religion and come forward as citizen of the country with one voice. He said development needed harmony, peaceful coexistence.

Besides others, senior journalists Roishad and Riaz Khan Daudzai said Ali Hazrat Bacha media was passing through crucial phase of history and fighting a war of survival due to the unidentified enemies. They said that media’s significance was increasing with each passing day despite growing threats to the journalists.

They said media should play role with care to save its skin and promote love, peace and harmony. They also urged the people of different religions to use their influence for reforms in the society and promoting brotherhood.

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