Mir Khalil-ur-Rehman Memorial Society (MKRMS) Seminar
LAHORE: Speakers at a seminar urged political and religious parties to forge unity and gather public support to eliminate the terrorists who wanted to destabilise the country by provoking sectarian violence.
The seminar, titled ‘Terrorism, what would be its end?’, was organised by the Mir Khalil-ur-Rehman Memorial Society (MKRMS) at the Pearl Continental Hotel here on Tuesday. The speakers, on the occasion, unanimously condemned the tragic incident of the Data Darbar, terming it a plot against the sectarian harmony.
Minister for Religious Affairs Syed Hamid Saeed Kazmi presided over the seminar while Punjab Minister for Religious Affairs Ehsan-ud-Din Qureshi and Secretary General Ta’ameel Pakistan Party Aziz Ahmad Awan were the special guests.
The Inspector General of Police, Punjab, Tariq Saleem Dogar, and the CM’s Task Force for Health Chairman Dr Saeed Elahi were among the guests of honour. Syed Hamid Saeed Kazmi claimed that the suicide attacks on different government installations and religions places were not a reaction to the drone attacks, saying the terrorists had no religion and no sect as they were the killers of humanity.
He said the government of Pakistan was sincere in eliminating terrorism from the country. He said shortcuts to eradicating terrorism would lead us to destruction. He emphasised the need for fighting against religious extremism and foreign elements by adopting long-term strategies. He added that the government also had a course of dialogue with the terrorists but the latter had violated the charter of promises.
He paid tributes to the sacrifices of the armed forces and the police, calling for awareness campaigns to forge unity and tolerance among the masses to flush out the miscreants from our society. The way of dialogue is still open but the miscreants will have to surrender first, he maintained.
Punjab Minister for Religious Affairs Ehsan-ud-Din Qureshi said dictator General (retd) Pervez Musharraf had played a vital role in spreading terrorism in the country. He, however, said the government was trying to curb the menace.
He said the Ettihad Bain-ul-Muslimeen had its members from all sects of the religion, stressing the need for focussing on economic stability to end heinous crimes and terrorism. Brig (retd) Aslam Ghuman said lack of security measures had resulted in the tragic incident at the Data Darbar, demanding of the government to enhance security at public places.
He claimed that differences among the political and religious parties had caused a huge loss to the country and the enemies were taking benefit of the disunity. Prof Dr Haroon Rasheed said sincerity and hard work could change our fate, adding that a panel of psychiatrists was studying the psyches of different people and it would give its conclusion after 10 years. He, however, said around 100 children were under observation in Malakand to know what forced them to carry out terrorist activities.
Prof Dr Awais Ghurki said the economic crisis was a major cause of all evils in the society, especially terrorism. IG Tariq Saleem Dogar said a gap in the continuity of democracy and individual-friendly foreign policies had been resulting in the menace of terrorism.
DIG Punjab Constabulary Khadim Hussain Bhatti, former Parliamentary Secretary Muslim League-Q Lubna Tariq, Regional Director National University of Modern Languages (NUML) Col Saeed Ahmad Khan, Head of Jamia Minhaj-ul-Hasnain, Maulana Muhammad Hussain Akbar, central leader of ANP Suhail Akhtar Malik and Javeria Javed, a student of the Fatima Jinnah Medical College (FJMC) also spoke on the occasion.
Source: The News