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Pakistan: Scholars adopt charter of peace, support coexistence
an article by Daily Times, Pakistan

Lahore: Representatives of Islam, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhs and Baha’is unanimously adopted the charter of peace during an interfaith consultative conference, in which they urged clerics of all religions to include the message of peace and social harmony, brotherhood, acceptance and coexistence during prayer sessions, especially in Friday prayers and Sunday mass.

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“We call upon all people to restore interfaith harmony as ignorance is at its peak today. To end duality and adopt values from different religions so that we may be able to create an atmosphere where everyone might have religious freedom, the religion must be use to end differences among different religious communities,” according to the charter.

Punjab Parliamentary Secretary for Human Rights and Minorities Affairs MPA Tariq Masih Gill also addressed the conference.

The speakers stressed the need for adopting value education for students of seminaries, and said that peace education must be an essential part of the curriculum of educational institutions at all levels.

Through the charter of peace, scholars asked the people to restore compassion, respect and tolerance to the centre of morality and religion, to teach each other that any interpretation of scripture that breeds violence or hatred is illegitimate, to ensure that youth are given accurate and respectful information about other religions, traditions and cultures.

“All religions and sects should cooperate with each other to create peace, and to promote values of coexistence in society. We will have to give all respects to each and every person without any religious, sectarian or ethnic discrimination for economically stronger and prosperous Pakistan,” the charter stated.

(Thank you to the Newsletter of the Global Campaign for Peace Education for pointing out this article.)


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This report was posted on March 19, 2014.