By Rehmat Mehsud
Islamabad: Universal Interfaith Peace Mission (UIPM) organised an ‘Interfaith Mela’ on the conclusion of World Interfaith Harmony Week (WIHW) 2017, at local hotel here in Islamabad on Monday. Ambassador of Jordan to Pakistan Nawaf Khalifa Saraireh was the chief guest of the ceremony as Jean Francois Cautain, Ambassador Delegation of European Union to Pakistan; United Nations Information Centre Country Director Vitirrio Cammarota was among the guests. Father James Channan, OP Coordinator, United Religions Initiative Asia, Zubair Farooq, URI Global Trustee, representatives of URI from different circles from the across the country, Saeeda Yasmin, Ms Tasneem Youth Trainer URI, Saeed ur Rehman Siddiqui, Dr Altaf Hussain Langrial, and members of minorities were also present on the occasion.
Jean Francois Cautain, Ambassador Delegation of European Union to Pakistan lauded the services of UIPM for promotion of interfaith harmony and said I earlier attended the function of UIPM and felt this organisation is truly working for promotion of interfaith harmony and it should be supported.
Vitirrio Cammarota was of the view that adoption of human rights declaration and respect of freedom of religion and freedom of speech so that peace should prevail in the world. He said that work on promotion of United Nations Strategic Development Goals 2030 is underway as it will get rid of all evils in the world.
Earlier in his inaugural address Universal Interfaith Peace Mission (UIPM) Chairman Allama Dr GR Chishti said that this year UIPM, Common Word Movement Pakistan, URICC Karachi which is constituent of URICC Islamabad decided to celebrate WIHW in a coherent manner. He said that from January 15 till February 27, UIPM, delegation met different religious, political and diplomatic personalities all across the country to spread the message of WIHW. UIPM, he said Dr Chishti said that in these programmes the true essence of WIHW which was drafted by Prince Dr Ghazi bin Mohammad of Jordan and presented at the UN by King Abdullah II of Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan were highlighted in true letter and spirit.
He said that UIPM has duly adopted the ‘Amman Message’ and the ‘Common Word’ as an Integral part of it, believing that the first document is antidote to cancer of sectarianism in Islam that invites all schools of thought of Islam to stop issuing ‘fatwas’ (decrees) of infidelity, heresy and apostasy and the second ‘Common Word’ that is a cohesive force to keep all the religions of the world together that includes all and excludes no one,” the newly appointed URI Islamabad coordinator said. Dr Chishti said that UIPM has officially adopted the Common Word and Amman Message and had requested Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony to make them part of the national educational curriculum so that culture of interfaith harmony may prevail.