ISLAMABAD: Diplomats based in the federal capital have highlighted the fact that prevailing world security situation has necessitated need of interfaith harmony to convert the world into a better living place. It is high time for power of interfaith to work effectively to transform fear, anger and hatred into positive human relationship”.
|Mr. Piotr Opalinski (Ambassador of Poland) speaking at the event|
Addressing a seminar titled “World Interfaith Harmony Week 2017” organized under the banner of “Parliament of the World’s Religions” the Ambassador of Poland H.E Piotr Opalinski said that every person reserved the very right to manifest his religion or belief either individually or in community, with others and in public or private in worship, observance, practice and teaching without fear of intimidation, discrimination, violence or attack.
Piotr Opalinski reiterated that freedom of religion or belief was fundamental right of every human being.
|Ms. Marshal Anne, deputy head of European Delegation|
Ms. Marshal Anne, deputy head of European Delegation said that in the line with universal and EU human rights are committed to respecting, protecting and promoting freedom of religion or belief within their borders.
|Mr. Joao Paulo Sabido Costa, Charged' Affair of Portugal|
While speaking at the occasion H.E Joao Paulo Sabido Costa, Charged’ Affair of Portugal proclaimed that States have a duty to protect all persons within their jurisdiction from direct and indirect discrimination on grounds of religion o belief, whatever the reason advanced for such discrimination.
|Mr. Shamim Masih, Ambassador of Parliament of the World's Religions|
Ambassador of “Parliament of the World’s Religion” Mr. Shamim said that limitations to this freedom have to be strictly interpreted. He said that minorities have been increasingly targeted in hate in the country. Faiths do not bind in limits but allows social harmony and mutual tolerance for a better and progressive society. It is need of the day to enhance mutual understanding, harmony and cooperation among people from all faiths, he added.
|Ms. Sadia Rathor|
Reference to the General Assembly resolution adopted on 20th October, 2010, the Parliament of the World’s Religions has organized “World Interfaith Harmony Week” to promote mutual understanding and inter-religious dialogue to establish interfaith harmony.
|Mr. Haroon Sarab (Hindu Rights Activist)|
Members of civil society, religious leadership, media personal and diplomats have attended the event.