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Pakistan to spearhead international campaign against defamation of religions: PM Khan

November 20, 2018
Prime Minister Imran Khan addresses the ceremony in Islamabad. ─ DawnNewsTV
Prime Minister Imran Khan addresses the ceremony in Islamabad. ─ DawnNewsTV

It is the 43rd conference aimed at promoting religious harmony, tolerance, brotherhood and equality, respect for humanity, non-violence, unity, reconciliation and culture of dialogue, according toRadio Pakistan.

PM Khan congratulated the conference organisers and stressed the need to study the life of the Prophet “who changed the world”.

“Those people who are unable to understand the philosophy of the life of the Prophet have now become guardians of religion,” he claimed.

“You can only follow the path of blessed people when you love the Prophet,” he said, adding that the Higher Education Commission had been asked to establish chairs for research on the Prophet’s life in three universities.

The prime minister said he had seen Hindus, Sikhs, and people from all religions visit the shrines of great personalities like Hazrat Moinuddin Chishti, Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya and Baba Farid. “They visit their mausoleums because they were great men,” he said.

“We should examine what it was that the Prophet did, that later led to the defeats of super powers at the hands of Muslims,” he said.

Referring to a blasphemous cartoon contest which was announced by a Dutch MP, the PM said that the Dutch government had cancelled the contest, and the matter had also been taken up by Pakistan on the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation platform.

Later, he said, the European Union also admitted that freedom of expression could be not be used as a pretext for blasphemy.

“Pakistan will spearhead a campaign for an international declaration against the defamation of religions. I have appointed Ahmer Bilal Sufi, a law expert, to reach out to various countries and convince them to sign the declaration,” he said.

PM talks about personal spiritual journey

The premier also recalled his personal spiritual journey, saying he underwent a great change after he met his spiritual mentor, Mian Bashir, who was a Sufi.

“With his wisdom and knowledge, he was able to guide me to the path of religion,” the PM said.

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“I used to be a Muslim just in name,” he said. “If my father urged me, I would go for Friday prayers with him. I would offer my Eid prayers,” he said. “I did not have any extraordinary knowledge about Islam.”

“Mian Bashir slowly eliminated the hurdles standing in the way of my faith. And a time comes when Allah lifts a veil and you realise ‘This is God’.”

“That instance ─ when you understand the existence of Allah, and the time that comes when you believe ─ it is a huge blessing of Allah when He guides you to the right path,” PM Khan said.

“Then your life begins changing. […] There is a misconception that a person undergoes an immediate transformation when he embraces faith. No, it is just the starting point of a continuous struggle,” he said.

The PM said Allah asks us to follow the path of the Prophet, which is why we need to read about and understand his life.

“That was when my journey started. I started reading about his life, I started changing, my life’s path started changing,” he continued.

“I would not have built a cancer hospital or entered politics if Allah had not changed by path. There are two paths ─ when one’s life is oriented around personal satisfaction, and the other when one realises he has a responsibility towards his fellow man.”

He added that the Prophet may not have made great financial resources, but Allah instilled the quality of mercy in him.

The PM said that one begins fulfilling his obligations as a human being when he believes he will be answerable on the Last Day.

Rehmatul-il-Alameen Conference kicks off

Minister for Religious Affairs Noorul Haq Qadri alongside PM Khan at Jinnah Convention Centre in Islamabad. ─ DawnNewsTV
Minister for Religious Affairs Noorul Haq Qadri alongside PM Khan at Jinnah Convention Centre in Islamabad. ─ DawnNewsTV

Minister for Religious Affairs Noorul Haq Qadri, in his opening address to attendees of the event, paid tribute to the services of the Prophet for humanity and shed light on various aspects of his personality.

He talked about how Prophet Muhammad treated non-Muslims and even his foes, saying he had pardoned even his worst enemies.

Scholars from Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, Egypt, Afghanistan, Syria, Morocco, and the United Kingdom are participating in the event.

During the conference, cash awards and certificates will be given to 53 authors, whose books or articles were selected after a due process, in nine categories. These categories are Seerat and Naat Books in Urdu, English, Arabic, and regional languages of Pakistan.

Federal ministers, politicians, and diplomats of various countries are also attending the event.

Earlier this month, Prime Minister Imran Khan, while speaking to Qadri, had said that the government wishes to present an image of peaceful Islam before the world. For this purpose, “Rehmatul-il-Alameen Conferences” will be held across the country, while a two-day ‘Khatm-i-Nabuwwat International Conference’ will be held in Islamabad, he had said.

He had added that it was the responsibility of the state to present the true teachings of the Prophet to the next generation. PM Khan had also said that research on the life of the Prophet would be promoted under the government’s supervision.

Arrangements for Eid-i-Miladun Nabi

Minister Qadri, while chairing a meeting of the organising committee for conference preparations on Saturday, had said that the occasion of Eid-i-Miladun Nabi would be celebrated with due honour and respect.

He said that special functions and ceremonies would be arranged during Rabiul Awwal in which the life and teachings of Prophet Muhammad would be highlighted.

Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry had said that arrangements would be made for the coverage of processions taken out on the 12th of Rabiul Awwal, and that state-owned PTV and Radio Pakistan would air qirat, naats and other programmes on the occasion, along with special programmes to highlight the the Prophet’s teachings.

Eid-i-Miladun Nabi falls on Nov 21 (tomorrow).


Pakistan religious affairs minister discusses treatment of Xinjiang Muslims with Chinese envoy

September 19, 2018

Federal Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Noorul Haq Qadri met Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Yao Xing on Wednesday to discuss bilateral relations and matters of mutual interest, chief among them the treatment of the Xinjiang Muslim community.

“Pakistan’s friendship with China is above and beyond any political agenda, the roots of which lie deep within the people,” said Qadri.

The federal minister remarked that the CPEC was a matter of national priority and expressed full confidence in it.

Moving onto more urgent matters, Qadri spoke about the Muslims facing numerous restrictions in China’s Xinjiang province and demanded that they be given relaxations.

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Federal Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Noorul Haq Qadri met Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Yao Xing on Wednesday

“The placement of restrictions increases the chances of an extremist viewpoint growing in reaction,” the minister told the Chinese ambassador, asserting that concrete steps need to be taken to weed out such a mindset and promulgate interfaith harmony.

The two also discussed talks between religious scholars belonging to Xinjiang and Pakistan.

“The Chinese government is the bearer of Sufi and moderate thought and resolves to sort the differences between various religious groups,” said the Chinese ambassador.

He invited Qadri for a visit to China which the federal minister accepted.

The Chinese ambassador also provided assurances to facilitate the visit of a Pakistani religious delegation to the Xinjiang province.

“Exchange of viewpoints between religious scholars of both countries is vital for better interfaith relations,” Xing remarked.

He said that there were 20 million Muslims living in China who enjoyed complete freedom to practice their faith.

“Pakistan is an important representative of the Muslim world and we want to further strengthen Pak-China relations on an Islamic level,” Xing said adding that they will take the Muslim community living in China into confidence for achieving the same.

He expressed China’s interest in working with Pakistan to develop an educational curriculum for the Muslim community.

“With Pakistan’s cooperation, China desires to work for the social development of the former Fata region and Afghan migrants,” he added.

Islamists End 4-Day Rally Outside Pakistani Parliament

March 30, 2016

ISLAMABAD — Hundreds of radical Islamists who had rallied for four days in the heart of Pakistan’s capital ended their demonstrations on Wednesday hours after the government threatened to use force to disperse them.

The Islamists were protesting last month’s hanging of a policeman who had shot and killed a secular governor over his opposition to the country’s strict blasphemy laws. They had demanded strict Shariah law and the hanging of a Christian woman the governor had defended against blasphemy allegations.


© AFP/File | Supporters of executed Islamist Mumtaz Qadri shout slogans as they sit-in during an anti-government protest in front of the parliament building in Islamabad on March 28, 2016

Awais Noorani, one of the protest leaders, called on the demonstrators to disperse, saying a deal was reached with the government.

Noorul Haq Qadri, who said he had helped negotiate the deal on behalf of the protesters, said the government had given assurances that there would be no attempt to amend the blasphemy laws and that it would release all detained protesters who were not wanted on other charges.

But Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said the government had not acceded to any of the protesters’ demands. He said religious leaders had helped convince them to end their rallies.

Police have detained more than 1,000 protesters in the last four days, Khan said. He said those involved in violence would be prosecuted, while the rest would be freed after investigation.

The protests had paralyzed one of the busiest areas of Islamabad. Most of the businesses in the area and schools across the city remained closed.

More than 10,000 Islamists from Pakistan’s Sunni Tehreek group descended on Islamabad on Sunday to denounce last month’s hanging of officer Mumtaz Qadri for the 2011 murder of secular Gov. Pakistan’s Sunni Tehreek group.

Their rally turned violent and police fired tear gas on Sunday, but failed to disperse the protesters, who damaged bus stations, traffic lights and closed-circuit security cameras. The sit-in continued, but the number of protesters had dwindled to about 1,200.

Thousands of riot police and paramilitary troops had been deployed around the site, police official Nauman Alvi said. The government had warned that 7,000 security forces were ready to move in and disperse the demonstrators.

The protest comes against the backdrop of a massive suicide bombing by a breakaway Taliban faction that targeted Christians gathered for Eastern Sunday in a park in Lahore, killing 72 people, mostly Muslims.

Despite its hard-line views, the Sunni Tehreek group behind the protests in Islamabad does not carry out militant attacks.


Associated Press writer Munir Ahmed contributed to this report.