Media, religious leaders urged to play role in promoting peace: MD APP

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ISLAMABAD, Sept 29 (APP): Managing Director Associated Press of Pakistan (APP) Masood Malik Thursday said that media, civil society and religious leaders should play their role in promotion of inter-faith harmony among different segments of society.

He was addressing the 7th National Youth Peace Festival
2016 organized by Young Parliamentarian Forum (YPF),
Chanan Development Association and Sustainable Social Development Organization (SSDO) in collaboration with APP.

Masood Malik said that there was dire need to promote message of peace and love among different sections of the society.

He said that the country was going through critical situation as the nation was fighting a war against extremism and terrorism. The extremists wanted to sabotage soft image of the country, he added.

The Managing Director said there was no space for extremism in Islam.

He said that media always remained conscious and avoided
publishing and telecasting anything which created issues in the society. Every Pakistani, he added, had played his role for independence of the country, particularly minority

Every Pakistani equally loved his country, he said.
Chairman Ulema Board Pakistan Hafiz Tahir Ashrafi said that Islam does not allow any body to criticize other religions, adding that Islam teaches peace and brotherhood.

He said that all the minorities of Pakistan loved their country.
Tahir Ashrafi said that he initiated sharing cakes and sweets with the minority brothers on special occasions like Christmas.

He said that now it had become routine of the people to share sweets and cakes on Christmas.

Secretary YPF MNA Ms. Romina Khurshid Alam thanking the guests and delegates of the festival said that development of Pakistan was the national priority.

ASI BDS Incharge Dera Ismail Khan Inayat Ullah Tiger,
Chairman Scream against Terrorism, Waqar Khalid, Executive
Director Chanan Muhammad Shahzad Khan, Director Public
Policy Institute Ripah International University, Executive Director Accountability Lab Washington D.C. Blair Glencorse also spoke on the occassion.

Under PurAzam Pakistan programmes, a short documentary film was also screened on the occassion.

PurAzam Pakistan is a media campaign launched by the Ministry of Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage.

Tributes were also paid to brave individuals and institutions who had shown valour and courage against the menace of terrorism and extremism.

The aim of series is to highlight the untiring efforts of Pakistanis in fight against terrorism and demonstrate that such violence had no place in the future in Pakistan.

The subjects of the campaign were ordinary civilians,
police officers, polio workers, hospital doctors and public officials.Their collective message remains loud and clear; Pakistanis reject the evils of extremism and remain resilient and hopeful despite its adverse effects.

The youth and students of universities from all the four provinces including Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir are attending the four-day festival.