Joint efforts needed for protection of country, counter sectarianism: Shafqat Mehmood


Staff Reporter

Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mehmood has said that uniformity in our educational system is a dire need and we must remain united to foil the negative plans of the enemies of the country.
He was addressing a national seminar titled “Hum Pakistani” organized by Islamic Research Institute (IRI) of International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) at the Faisal Masjid campus on Thursday.
Shafqat Mehmood said Pakistanis are proud of Armed forces as they have always offered sacrifices of lives for the protection of motherland. He said Islamic scholars have a pivotal role in countering sectarianism & extremism and building a society. He also stressed upon the important role of Ulema in peace building in light of “Paigham e Pakistan”.
The Minister Federal Education said that the Ministry of Education is striving to formulate a uniform curriculum for all social classes for bringing unity among the society. He furthered that nation is in urgent need of research culture to compete the world.
Rector IIUI Dr. Masoom Yasinzai while addressing the seminar said that Ulema are our main source to promote peace in society that can be possible only when we acknowledge differences of opinion with an attitude of openness and respect. He opined that we must let everyone express one’s thoughts.
President IIUI Dr. Hatal bin Hamood Alotaibi also addressed the event. He elaborated role of IIUI in peace building. He vowed that the IIUI will be among leading ranks for the promoting peace and harmony.
Director General IRI, Dr. Zia ul Haq spoke about the objectives and importance of the conference. He also briefly elaborated future goals of IRI and Paigham e Pakistan forum for inclusive society.
Dr. Asma Shakir Head Department of Strategic studies National Defense University (NDU), Dr. Maria Sultan, chairperson and President South Asian strategic stability institute (SASSI) and Dr. Khurram Iqbal, Head of Department IR at National Defense University also addressed the event.
It was also attended by IIUI Vice President, faculty members and other high officials of the university.