President for promoting inter-faith harmony and mutual understanding to promote peaceful co-existence
PR No. 36/2022
Islamabad, 28 February 2022: President Dr Arif Alvi has underlined the need for promoting inter-faith harmony and mutual understanding to promote peaceful co-existence among people of different religions. He said that the world was facing various problems and it was imperative to promote mutual respect and harmony to make the society tolerant. The President expressed these views during a meeting with the Archbishop of Canterbury, UK, Most Reverend & Right Honourable, Justin Welby, at Aiwan-e-Sadr, today. Special Representative to the Prime Minister, Hafiz Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi, British High Commissioner, Dr Christian Turner, and senior officials of the government were also present during the meeting.
Welcoming the Archbishop, the President said that the world needed to work for the cause of humanity and peace and take measures to alleviate miseries and sufferings of the people. He apprised that Pakistan had been hosting 4 million Afghan refugees, adding that it was moral responsibility of the international community to take care of refugees. The Archbishop of Canterbury stated that there was a need for a new international convention to deal with the refugee problem.
The meeting highlighted the importance of religious institutions, particularly the Mosques and the Church, which could play a vital role in promoting religious harmony and mutual understanding among nations.