Social media is place for clash, seminar on tolerance told
KARACHI: Ways to deal with extremism and increase tolerance and harmony among the people of this country were two main things in focus at a seminar titled ‘Tolerant Pakistan’ organised by Positive Media Communications (PMC) at a hotel here on Saturday.
Dr Tabassum Khan, chairman of SG Group of Companies, the moderator for the evening, said that the problem starts with conflict in identities.
“That’s where vulnerabilities show, that’s where vested interests come up,” he said, adding that people often like to go to like-minded people, which then leads to marginalisation that leads to vulnerability. “And that’s how powers with vested interests start isolating communities. Next you find people becoming intolerant. “But tolerance is all about humanity and human values and peaceful co-existence. Not having tolerance also gives birth to phobias or Islamophobia,” he pointed out to set the ball rolling for the panel of esteemed guests before him comprising Italian Ambassador to Pakistan Stefano Pontecorvo, former foreign secretary Najmuddin Sheikh, broadcast journalist Najia Ashar and secretary general of the All Pakistan Newspapers Society Syed Sarmad Ali.
Italian Ambassador to Pakistan Stefano Pontecorvo said that Islamophobia was having your roots exploited economically and socially. “I feel that the Islamic world can do more to counter Islamophobia,” he said, adding that social media was also getting to be a problem in the matter as it was a place for clashing of personalities.