MUZAFFARABAD: AJK President Sardar Masood Khan has said that the Muslim Ummah must unite through conscious efforts by promoting harmony, tolerance and social integrity. He said that Islam is a universal religion that promotes peace, love for humanity and unity.
The President made these remarks while addressing the Jammu and Kashmir National Coordination Council seminar organized by the Council of Islamic Ideology, Azad Jammu and Kashmir. The President was the chief guest at the event while the Chief Justice AJK Supreme Court Muhammad Ibrahim Zia, Chairman AJK Council of Islamic Ideology presided the event.
President Masood Khan commended the AJK Council of Islamic Ideology on organizing this very important seminar aimed at promoting inter-sect harmony by uniting the Scholars and Ulema of various schools of thought. He added that we must focus on the similarities and not be obsessed with differences between the various schools of thought practicing Islam in AJK and Pakistan.
The President emphasizing the role of the religious leaders in promoting peace and tolerance in the society said that our leaders must set an example of respecting varied religious opinions and preach brotherhood and tolerance. He said Islam is a religion that promotes humanity and righteous virtues that we need to unconditionally imbibe in order to progress.
The President said that AJK like Pakistan is a product of an ideology based on the teachings of Islam, where the people will be free to practice their religion without prejudice and discrimination. This ideology, he said, defines our national outlook and the very structure of our society.
A resolution was also unanimously passed by the participants to work in unison towards promoting religious and inter-sect harmony throughout the country.
The resolution also strongly condemned the atrocities perpetrated by India in IOK and asked for the just and sustainable resolution to the conflict.
The event was also addressed by Dr. Qibla Ayaz, Chairman Council of Islamic Ideology, Pakistan, Honourable Chief Justice AJK Supreme Court Muhammad Ibrahim Zia, Chairman AJK Council of Islamic Ideology, Maulana Ubaid-ur-Rehman Farooqi, Chairman Ulema and Mashaikh Council AJK, Maulana Imtiaz Siddiqui and Kifayat Hussain Naqvi. The event was attended by a large number of religious scholars, theologists and religious leaders from all schools of thought from all over Azad Jammu and Kashmir.