Lahore : Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain Sunday said the war of ideologies
was never fought with guns, rather the same could be won through arguments and dialogue.
Unfortunately those spreading rifts and disharmony in the society
were devoid of any logic, he said, adding that there was no political crisis in Pakistan, rather it was an ideological one.
He was addressing a seminar titled ‘Adam Bardasht Ka Rujhan Aur
Riyasat ki Zummadariya’ (Tendency of Intolerance and State’s
Responsibilities), organized here by the Pakistan Journalists
He said government would extend support to all those Ulema, Mashaikh and religious leaders, who advocated peace, tolerance and harmony in the society through logic and dialogue.
The minister condemned the religious segment of the society who expressed anger upon the blasphemy case judgement saying that the country was faced with a ‘Fikri’ (ideological ) crisis, which was evident from the situation arisen due to the Supreme Court’s judgment in Asia Bibi case. It was not an institutional or state crisis, but social intolerance, which served the interests of those who wanted to achieve their political motives in the name of religion. “Such create a new issue in the name of religion every now and then,” he added.
The religious circles, he said, should have rebelled against those
who had created chaotic situation in the country in the name of
religion. But unfortunately, it did not happen in case of Pakistan
which had to suffer for long due to war in neighbouring Afghanistan,which had cast negative impacts on the the ideology and thought of its people towards the state.
He cited that in Afghanistan, religious and other people, who
talked with logic, were killed by those, who believed only in power of gun and consequently the society was left with no leader.
The same situation, he said, also prevailed in Pakistan, as the
past governments did not back the people, who advocated for peace,condemning terrorism and extremism in the light of Islamic teachings.
In that clash of narratives, he said, a number of Ulema, including
Maulana Hassan Jan and Maulana Sarfraz Naeemi, had also to sacrifice their lives.
Pir Syed Kabir Ali Shah Gilani of Choora Sharif stressed for
comprehending the myth of Siyasat-e-Madina for replicating the model of Riyasat-e-Madina in Pakistan.
Pakistan’s former ambassador to Iran Khalid Sharif said the Ulema,
Mashaikh and religious leaders must play their due role to curb
The seminar was also addressed by renowned journalists Sajjad Mir, Zia Shahid, Qayyum Nizami, Dr Sughra Sadaf, Dr Raghib Naeemi, Gen (Retd) Ghulam Mustafa, Ali Ahmad Dhilon, Farrukh Sohail and Haider Mehdi.