Tolerance, pluralism key to peaceful coexistence

Our Correspondent

Gilgit

Karakoram International University Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Attaullah Shah has said that Paigham-e-Pakistan narrative is key to counter-extremism and a way forward for the country to march on the path of peace and prosperity. Addressing the concluding ceremony of two-day training workshop on ‘Reconstruction of an Inclusive Islamic Society in Pakistan in the light of Paigham-e-Pakistan’, the vice chancellor emphasized that university faculty members must inculcate values of tolerance, tranquility and pluralism among youth to promote exclusivity and peaceful coexistence. ‘Our armed forces are safeguarding the geographical borders of country and universities must play their role to secure the ideological borders,’ he stressed.
Islamic Research Institute Director General Dr Zia ul Haq highlighted positive outcomes of Paigham-e-Pakistan narrative and emphasized upon the participants to contribute towards dissemination of the message to foil evil plans of enemies who wants to divide the nation on sectarian, ethnic and linguistic lines. Addressing the workshop, Gilgit-Baltistan Home Secretary Jawad Akram said that Pakistan is facing multiple conflicts, which require attention and research at the university level. He also lauded contribution of the Karakoram International University vis-à-vis peace-building initiatives in the region.
Representatives of religious seminaries, lawyers, journalists, members of civil society, faculty members and students of different public-sector universities attended the workshop, jointly organized by Karakoram International University Gilgit and Islamic Research Institute, International Islamic University, Islamabad. Prominent among those who attended the event were Dr Kashif Mahmood, representative of the federal government; Babar Shabuddin, deputy home secretary Gilgit-Baltistan, Prof Dr Ejaz from the National Defense University, Dr Syed Hassan Rizvi from the University of Lahore, Ms Habiba from LUMS Lahore and Dr Manzoor Ali, provost at the Karakoraom International University.
In the end, IRI Director General Dr Zia ul Haq presented souvenir and publications of the institute to Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Attaullah Shah. The vice chancellor also presented university shields to the distinguished guests and distributed certificates among the participants. The Zalmi Foundation is co-hosting the ‘Third National Youth Summit Pakistan’ being held at the Karakoram International University, Gilgit-Baltistan. The event started on August 7 and will continue until August 10. The event has been jointly organized by Peshawar Zalmi through the Zalmi Foundation, Center for Sustainability Research and Practice (CSRP), University of Lahore, Islamic Research Institute (IRI), Islamic International University Islamabad and the Karakoram International University.
The objective of the summit is to gather the youth of the country at one platform to understand the local dynamics and ensure a cooperative society to mitigate numerous challenges not only at the national but also the international level.

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