UN chief extols Bulleh Shah message of peace

Islamabad—Invoking Sufi poet Bulleh Shah, UN Secretary-General Ban Kimoon extolled his message of peace and compassion Wednesday as the gold-and-blue General Assembly hall reverberated with Sufi songs performed by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, one of the world’s leading exponent of Sufi music, says a message received here.
The widely appreciated concert marked Pakistan Day for the first time in the prestigious hall. “Music is a universal language and Sufi music transcends not only physical borders, but also borders of the mind,” the secretary-general said in his video message to the ‘Sufi Night of Peace Concert’ hosted by Pakistan Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi and the Pakistan Mission to the U.N.
“Tonight, the halls of the General Assembly will resound with the Sufi message of oneness, a message of peace and compassion, of understanding and harmony,” the UN chief added. Quoting Bulleh Shah, he said, “Let us walk the road of peace”, adding that “Pakistani Sufi artists have long espoused these values which are so firmly rooted in Islam.—APP

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