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Pak successfully defeated terror: President Alvi

ISLAMABAD: President Dr. Arif Alvi being presented memento during the 4th International Paigham-e-Islam Conference, here Sunday. - PID photo

ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi says Pakistan not only successfully combated and defeated the scourge of terrorism but also proved wrong the false interpretation of Islam and terrorism.
Addressing the 4th Paigham-e-Islam conference in Islamabad, the President said world powers appreciate the Pakistan military for eradicating the menace of terrorism. He said Islam is the religion of peace, equality and compassion.
The president said through providing shelter to Afghan refugee, Pakistan proved the true meaning of compassion and brotherhood.
The President said both Kashmir and Palestine would win freedom one day as no community or religion could be suppressed by force. “My heart beats with Palestine. My heart beats with Kashmir… Pakistan will continue extending moral and political support to Kashmiri people,” the president told the ‘Paigham-e-Islam Conference’ held by Pakistan Ulema Council.
The conference started with the mesmerizing recitation of Surah Rahman by Imam-e-Kaaba, who had also led Friday prayer at Faisal Mosque.
Wearing the Palestinian-flag themed scarf, the president said the Jews must remind that use of force could not eliminate them in the 20th century. Similarly, the freedom movements in Kashmir and Palestine could not be ended forcefully.
He advised the religious scholars to spread the message of social revolution from the pulpit that had been the platform for social messaging since the early days of Islam. He said the clerics must guide the people on social issues like cleanliness, water conservation and tree plantation for being the urgent needs of the country.
Condoling over the loss of lives in terror attack took place in Quetta on Friday, the president said Pakistan had successfully fought out terrorism and the residues would also be eliminated.
Recalling Pakistan’s generous hosting of 3.5 million Afghan refugees, he said, the world must learn compassion and humanity from Islam and Muslims as currently, some western countries were resisting to host even few dozen refugees with others erecting walls to bar them letting them die in the sea.
The president said the journey of social change would accomplish only after the introduction of uniform education system in the country. Thanking the Saudi leadership for further strengthening ties with Pakistan, he said he believed that no force in the world could harm Muslims if Pakistan and Saudi Arabia stood united for any cause.
Addressing the Conference, Minister for Religious Affairs and Inter-faith Harmony Noor-Ul-Haq Qadri emphasized the need for unity in the ranks of Muslim Ummah to achieve the goal of progress in the comity of nations. He said Pakistan is in need of unity and harmony and called on religious scholars to promote unity in the country.
He said the clerics owed responsibility to create unity among the Muslims and sensitize them on country’s rules and regulations. He said the government has resolved to protect religious seminaries and was striving for uniformed education system to uplift the seminaries’ students at par with other educational institutions.
Chairman Pakistan Ulema Council, Allama Tahir Ashrafi said Pakistan Ulema Council had the distinction of issuing decree against suicide attack terming it as ‘haraam’ for the first time in year 2000. The body was also the first to give edict against Daesh, he added. He said the world must end intervention in Islamic countries on the basis of sectarian differences.
Chief Judge of Palestine Shariat Council Mustafa Al-Tawil, Dr Abdullah of Saudi Ministry of Religious Affairs and the Saudi Ambassador in Pakistan also addressed the gathering.
Imam-e-Kaaba Dr Sheikh Abdullah Awad Al-Juhany and religious scholars from across the world attended the conference.
It’s pertinent to mention here that Imam-e-Kaaba Dr Sheikh Abdullah Awad Al-Juhany had led the Friday prayers at the Faisal Mosque in Islamabad this week.
In his sermon, which was attended by hundreds from the twin cities including prominent figures of society hailing from various walks of life, the Imam emphasised the importance of unity and brotherhood in Islam. “The religion teaches people to live in peace and harmony”, he maintained. Earlier, the president also gave away shields and souvenirs to the visiting dignitaries and also received the same from Imam-e-Kaaba.
The event was attended by visiting Imam-e-Kaaba Dr. Sheikh Abdullah Awad Al Juhany, Minister for Religious Affairs, Pir Nurul Haq Qadri, Chief Justice of Palestinian Shariat Council, Mustafa Al-Tawil, Saudi Ambassador in Pakistan, Nawaf bin Said Al-Malki, Chairman Pakistan Ulema Council, Allama Tahir Ashrafi, representatives of Saudi Ministry of Religious Affairs and religious scholars from across the country. – NNI