Most recently, Prime Minister Imran Khan, while speaking to the Minister for Religious Affairs Noorul Haq Qadri, said that the PTI government is desirous of presenting an image of peaceful Islam before the world. Elaborating this theme Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry has advised the country’s religious leadership to play its role to prevent the war between ideologies from falling into the hands of those who are doing no service to our religion. He called on the religious leadership to become part of the government’s efforts to spread the message of love of Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him). The government will stand shoulder to shoulder with the religious leadership of the country who will support it in this cause. It will extend support to all those ulema, mashaikh and religious leaders who advocate peace, tolerance and harmony in the society through logic and dialogue. Information Minister said the protests that erupted countrywide following a Supreme Court verdict acquitting Asia Bibi – a Christian woman who had been on death row for eight years in a blasphemy case – reflected a societal crisis. He asserted these protests had nothing to do with religion, but were about politics. He claimed that certain groups play politics in the name of religion, and that religion has nothing to do with all this activity. It was not a crisis of the government, or the state, but a societal crisis. He pointed out that an ideological war is not won with weapons but with arguments and logic. Some people are doing politics under the garb of religion. Those seeking anarchy are devoid of the power of argument. Such people come up with a new issue every week and engage in political point-scoring. He described love for the Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) as the foundation of Islam and claimed that a group of people is trying to misuse the issue for political gain. He encouraged people belonging to religious segments of society and other citizens to come forward to counter such groups. The first rebellion against these people should have come from religious segments in society, but unfortunately it is not the case because of certain facts. He said that keep in mind, it is a fight of ideas, and the war of ideologies is not fought with weapons but with arguments, adding that it is the responsibility of the state to ensure the availability of an environment where everyone can present their arguments. We must all work hard to develop a tolerant and compassionate society in Pakistan.
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