Talking to Honourable, Justin Welby, at Aiwan-e-Sadr, President Dr Arif Alvi underlined the need for promoting inter-faith harmony and mutual understanding to promote peaceful co-existence among people of different religions.
He said that the world was facing various problems and it was imperative to promote mutual respect and harmony to make the society tolerant. Special Representative to the Prime Minister, Hafiz Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi, British High Commissioner, Dr Christian Turner, and senior officials of the government were also present during the meeting.
The Archbishop of Canterbury stated that there was a need for a new international convention to deal with the refugee problem.
Honourable Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury , Head of the Church of England and Christian Turner, British High Commissioner also called on General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Army Staff at GHQ. During the meeting matters of mutual interest, religious and inter-faith harmony were discussed.
COAS acknowledged the role of Christian brethren not only towards creation of Pakistan but also for their contributions towards its progress. He appreciated role of various institutions in the fields of education, health and public welfare being managed by Christian community across Pakistan. He especially acknowledged their contributions in defence of motherland as part of Pakistan Armed Forces.
The Archbishop acknowledged Pakistan Army’s efforts in combatting terrorism and providing secure environment to the minorities in the country. He also pledged that the Christian community shall contribute whole heartedly towards public welfare.