APP22-24 WASHINGTON: May 24 - Ambassador of Pakistan to US, Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry speaking at an interfaith Iftar dinner in his opening remarks underscored that peace, love and tolerance are the essence of all faiths in the world at the embassy of Pakistan. APP

ISLAMABAD, May 24 (APP):To share the blessings of Ramadan and promote interfaith harmony, peace and cooperation, the Embassy of Pakistan
hosted an Interfaith Iftar Dinner at the Chancery.
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Congressmen Andre Carson, and Assistant Secretary of State Ms. Alice Wells
were also in attendance, says a press release received here Thursday from Washington DC.
Speaking on the occasion, eminent representatives of Muslim, Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist and Sikh religions emphasized the importance of interfaith harmony and tolerance.
The leaders of faith prayed in their languages for world peace and highlighted the commonalities present in their religions
which serve to foster harmony, love and humanity in the world.
These leaders included Jo Reed, Reverend David Milam,Nanak Lahori, Walter Ruby, Albert Sabir and Dr. Rajwant Singh. Ambassador Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry in his remarks underscored that peace, love and tolerance are the essence of all faiths in
the world. Quoting from Surah Asr of the Holy Quran, he reflected on the verses which promotes commitment to a right cause,
standing up for it and patiently pursuing it in the face of adversity.
The Ambassador emphasized the significance of tolerance and interfaith harmony for a vibrant, tolerant and pluralistic Pakistan. Congressman Andre Carson in his remarks said that Ramadan is a month of introspection, tolerance and restraint,
which should guide us in our lives. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, while reflecting on the recent school shooting incident in
Santa Fe, Texas emphasized the need for tolerance, charity and peace.
She resolved to work on the Hill for further deepening of the linkages between Pakistan and the US through diplomacy
and mutual cooperation. At the event, a moment of silence was observed for deceased Pakistani student Sabika Sheikh, and other victims of shooting in Santa Fe High School, Texas.
The guests at the event, coming from different faiths and walks of life including Americans government officials, commended
the Embassy for providing speakers of different faiths a platform to share the message of common values of humanity.