Interfaith harmony key to economic prosperity

By Our Correspondent
June 16, 2024
This representational image shows a worker watching smoke rising from factories on the outskirts of Peshawar. — AFP/File

LAHORE : Speakers at a peace campaign has said Pakistan cannot achieve economic prosperity without maintaining peace.

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Ms Amina Malik Advocate, member Women Peace Architects, launched an awareness peace campaign on Saturday in collaboration with Aurat Foundation and Search for Common Ground.

During the launching ceremony, Dr Saeed Elahi, a political and social activist, said that interfaith-harmony is indeed crucial for fostering peace and stability in society.

When people of different religious beliefs come together in harmony, it creates a foundation of mutual respect, understanding, and cooperation. We must enforce laws to eradicate extremism from our society. Additionally, we should work on raising awareness within our communities that without maintaining peace, Pakistan cannot achieve economic prosperity, he said while addressing the campaign organised by A Group Women Peace Architects of Aurat Foundation in collaboration with Search for Common Ground.

Abdullah Malik Advocate, Human Rights Activist and President of Civil Society, said that there is a need to revise the primary and secondary education curriculum to include chapters on civil rights (articles of fundamental rights). This can be done through curriculum and wider educational reforms that seek to promote principles and values of religious diversity, multiculturalism, and non-discrimination, he said.

Ms Amina Malik, Member, Women Peace Architect Group of Aurat Foundation said, “We have a number of protection laws for women and marginalised groups of the society but due to insufficient resources we cannot protect their rights.”

She highlighted that there are a number national and provincial local CVE/PVE Laws and policies - The Punjab Fair Representation Act 2014, hate speeches, provincial Domestic Violence Act, property rental laws and policies, Cyber laws, Local Government laws, Women and Child trafficking laws and others.

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