Sikhs, Muslims should work in unison to defeat extremism: Firdous

APP15-31 LAHORE: August 31 - Special Assistant to PM on Information and Broadcasting Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan addressing to the International Sikh Convention on 550th Janam Din Celebrations of Baba Guru Nanak at Governor House. APP photo by Ch Mubarak Ali

LAHORE, Aug 31 (APP):Special Assistant to the Prime Minister Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan on Saturday said the Sikhs and Muslims should work in unison to defeat extremism and intolerance in the world.

Addressing the International Sikh Convention here at the Governor’s House, she said the Sikh religion had many ideals in common with Islam. Baba Guru Nanak was influenced by Islam’s philosophy of Tauheed (Oneness of God), she added.

The International Sikh Convention is being held from August 31 to September 2 on the initiative of Punjab Governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar to invite suggestions regarding preparations for the 550th birth anniversary celebrations of the Sikhism founder Baba Guru Nanak Dev Ji in Novermber this year. Hundreds of Sikh pilgrims from across the world are attending the convention.

Dr Firdous said: “Let’s eliminate forces of hatred and intolerance from the world, may they be genocide of Sikhs in Golden Temple, persecution of Muslims in Kashmir, brutality in Palestine or other parts of the world.”

She urged the Sikh community to expose India’s inhuman treatment of Muslims and other minorities.

Reminding Sikhs of Baba Guru Nanak’s teachings of equality, human dignity and opposition to cruelty, she urged them to become the voice of oppressed Kashmiri people.