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February 23, 2019

‘Common Word is only hope for world peace’


February 23, 2019

Islamabad: As part of conclusion of World Interfaith Harmony Week (WIHW) 2019 of United Nations celebrations, Universal Interfaith Peace Mission (UIPM), organised a ‘Common Word Conference’ at World Peace Centre, Islamabad, says a press release.

Jean Francois Cautain, Ambassador Delegation of European Union to Pakistan, who was chief guest on the occasion after inaugurating the World Peace Centre in his speech said that he appreciates the UIPM’s efforts for world peace and congratulated the organization for World Peace Centre for Islamabad. “It is beyond doubt that our beautiful modern world is in utmost need of peace that can be ensured by the message of World Interfaith Harmony Week and Common Word,” he added. He hoped that UIPM like 2015 will also win the prestigious WIHW Award announced by the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

The conference was addressed by various religious leaders who also stressed on the world peace. Students from different schools of the area also attended the ceremony.

Divulging details of the celebration of World Interfaith Harmony Week celebrated by Universal Interfaith Peace Mission Chairman Allama Dr GR Chishti, who is also the Coordinator of United Religions Initiative MCC Islamabad, said that this year we have gathered here today to exchange our thoughts and beliefs on religious tolerance and harmony and the Common Word Conference has provided us a great opportunity to do so.

“Common Word is an ominous historic document, which has really provided a common platform to the world religions. It is a real and only hope for the world peace because no peace without justice and no justice without interfaith harmony can be achieved. Common Word is a unique document because it has been and endorsed by all the three monotheistic religions conflicting over Jerusalem,” said Dr Chishti.

He said that UIPM organized several events as part of WIHW celebrations and in these programmes the true essence of WIHW which was drafted by Prince Dr Ghazi bin Mohammad of Jordan and presented at the UN by King Abdullah II of Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan were highlighted in true letter and spirit. “WIHW encompasses the message for the people around the world and wants to tell them that when pointless bloodshed in the name of religion is originating hysteria around the globe, it necessitates making intensive hard work to bring together faiths and cultures on a platform and for that goal interfaith harmony is the best possible solution,” he added.

The conference was attended by 7 churches and 5 mosques of the area and a resolution was unanimously passed which appealed to all religions to respect religious personalities, places and symbols, things, literature and ideologies of other religions that will lead to peace in the world. The resolution made it clear that by doing so interfaith harmony will become a reality in the world.

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