Interfaith harmony and tolerance can play a key role in social cohesion and role of every segment of the society is imperative in this regard. The business community is one such major segment which can contribute to thus cause. These views were expressed by the Provincial Minister for Human Rights, Minorities Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Ejaz Alam Augustine during a Consultative Workshop on ‘Interfaith Harmony’ held here at the Lahore Chamber of Commerce & Industry. The consultation was held in collaboration with Youth Development Foundation – an organisation working for promotion of peace in the society. He stressed upon the importance of social and religious harmony. He spoke about initiatives of the government to ensure a just and tolerant society.Senior Vice President LCCI Ali Hussam Asghar appreciated Ejaz Alam Augustine for sparing time to preside over this important session. Ali Hussam Asghar said the business community truly believes in promoting social tolerance that holds key importance in maintaining peaceful co-existence among various groups of society which are classified in terms of religion and social class etc.He said our own religion Islam commands the Muslims that there should not be any discrimination based on clan, creed, race or religion. The word ‘Islam’ itself refers to peace. Muslims are strictly instructed to treat all people with kindness through dialogue and show full respect to freedom of faith. Senior Vice President LCCI said establishing peaceful coexistence has now become a challenge. It is either because of our lesser understanding about teachings of Islam or paying more attention towards such opinions spread by various extremist groups who have their own vested interests in sustaining differences among the multiple sections of society.