Peshawar: (China Window News) Special Assistant to the Chief Minister KP for Information Barrister Muhammad Ali Saif said that Islam teaches interfaith harmony, love and peace and therefore no one has the right to treat minorities harshly or mistreated. He was addressing a charismas event organized by China Window, a Chinese cultural center in Peshawar. Bishop Ernest Jacob, Member Provincial Assembly Ravi Kumar, Former Member KP Assembly Dr. Zakir Shah, Religious Scholar Maulana Muhammad Shoaib, Director General Audit Israr Ul Haq, Member National Cultural Committee Ali Jan, Honorary Consul General of Tajikistan and Vice Chairman KPBOIT Engineer Syed Mahmood, Head of Christian Students Fellowship Augustine Jacob and Professor Jamil Chitrali also addressed the gathering and wished the Christian community a Merry Christmas.
Barrister Muhammad Ali Saif also highlighted the historical significance of the relationship between Muslims and Christians and said that the Prophet Hazrat Muhammad PBUH had taught tolerance and love towards minorities. It is government’s responsibility to protect the rights of the minorities. He said that Islam never supports violence and oppression but it has taught peace and non-violence to the world in every age.
Barrister Muhammad Ali Saif said that the main reason for Islamophobia spreading in the world at present is that the basic teachings of Islam have not been understood. In order to curb the negative propaganda against Islam, it is necessary to promote inter-religious harmony in the society and provide a better environment for the minority community. Barrister Muhammad Ali Saif lauded the organizers of China Window for sharing the joys of the Christian community.
On this occasion, special prayers were offered for the development and prosperity of the country and the nation. Christmas Cake also cut at this occasion. Speakers from different walks of life congratulated the Christian community on Christmas, highlighting the importance of Christmas and religious harmony. Earlier, China Window Administrator Amjad Aziz Malik, in his address to the gathering, said that the Christmas celebrations are being held at a time when we need far-reaching initiatives for religious harmony. He said Just as the friendship between Pakistan and China is everlasting and we consider the happiness of the people of China as our happiness, so this event by China Window is undoubtedly the first and unique event of its kind to be held in Peshawar which conveys this message to the minorities. It is also intended that our Chinese brothers and sisters share in your happiness.