Seminar stresses dialogue for terror elimination

ISLAMABAD: Speakers at a seminar on Friday said that a peaceful dialogue in the light of Islamic education was mandatory for the elimination of terrorism, extremism from the society.

Speakers, including parliamentarians and Wafaqul Madaris, resolved that women could play an important role in building a peaceful society.

The seminar was organised by Iqbal Research Institute (IRI) of International Islamic University (IIU) on ‘ Role of Dukhtaran e Pakistan in Reconciliation and Peace Building in continuation with Paigham-e-Pakistan’ held at Faisal Masjid campus.

The seminar recommendations were presented by Council of Islamic Ideology Chairman Dr Qibla Ayaz. Participants maintained that the recommendations would be sent to the legislative quarters and the communiqué would be made part of the next edition of Paigham-e-Pakistan.

The speakers said that opportunities for personal identity must be provided to women. In the four panel discussion sessions, speakers said that role of media was important for characterisation of women and children and special programmes should be organised in this regard. The resolutions said that national educational curriculum should be prepared according to the modern needs.

Balochistan Assembly Speaker Rahila Durani said there was a lack of implementation of laws pertaining to women rights in the society. She said practical measures were needed for safety of women rights and for their meaningful role. In this regard, she said a bill was being presented in the assembly to prevent pre mature marriages.

IIUI Rector Dr Masoom Yasinzai stressed the need for imparting modern education based on critical thinking and characterisation integrated with the blend of Islamic character. He added that there was no place for terrorism in Islam and added that IIUI took the responsibility to provide a narrative to the nation to remain clear about Islam, its teachings and dissemination of message of peace. He urged for the promotion of the attitude of peaceful co-existence.

President IIUI, Dr Yousif Al Draiweesh said Islam was the only religion which gives complete rights to women. He called upon the Muslim societies to practice and provide the rights to women granted by Islam. He maintained that university was keen for women empowerment and its separate campus for females was visible example where as many as 14 thousand females were getting quality education. He added that the number of female students was more than male students at the university.

IRI Director General Dr Zia ul Haq said that the decree announced by Paigham-e-Pakistan against terrorism was endorsed by all the religions’ scholars in a programme at IIUI and also same was endorsed by the VCs of more than 80 universities.

The Seminar was also joined by Khalid Iqbal Jhagra, Director female campus Dr Farkhanda Zia, representatives of Wifaqul Madaris, including Asma Baig, Naber Andleeb, Razia Madni, Tayyeba Khanum, Durdana SIdiqui and MNAs Farhana Qamar, Shazia Sobia, Romeena Alam and Huma Chughtai.

Published in Daily Times, February 3rd 2018.