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July 14, 2015

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Pakistan seeks to promote understanding among various religions: president

ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain Monday said that Pakistan had been a leading advocate of inter-religious and inter-cultural dialogue to overcome mistrust and promote understanding and cooperation among various religions and civilizations of the world. He emphasized that Pakistan would continue to further promote such initiatives.
Addressing the Iftar dinner hosted in the honour of ambassadors and diplomats at Aiwan-e-Sadr, the president said that Islam is a religion of peace and we are strongly committed to peace, both within the country and beyond our borders. He highlighted that Pakistan in its quest for peace had lost many dear ones reiterating that struggle for peace would continue till it is attained.
He said that the month of Ramazan is not an individual experience adding that it is a time to strengthen and deepen family and communal ties as well as the bonds of association and togetherness. “Ramazan represents sacrifice, patience, tolerance, generosity, and above all peace. These are the values shared by peoples of all faiths”, he added. He prayed, “We may all benefit from the moral and spiritual gifts of Ramazan and derive strength from each other to promote peace, harmony and prosperity in the world.”
Ambassadors and diplomats, among others, from Afghanistan, Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Cuba, Czechoslovakia, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Libya, Maldives, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, Holland, Norway, Oman, Palestine, Philippine, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Somalia, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, Tunis, Turkey, Ukraine, Britain, USA, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Yemen attended the Iftar dinner. A Delegation from European Union and representatives

from United Nations and Cyprus also attended the Iftar Dinner.
Advisor to the Prime Minister on National Security & Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, Federal Minister for Climate Change Mushahid Ullah Khan, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi, and Iqbal Zaffar Jhagra were also present on the occasion.

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