Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United States Masood Khan says the Government of Pakistan is committed to promote interfaith and inter-sectarian harmony and respect for the rights of minorities.
Addressing a gathering of faith leaders of US at Pakistan House in Washington, he said Sufism has a great history in Pakistan and it has always worked to connect communities and integrate them as single humanity. He said respect for cultural and religious diversity is part of its national psyche and mores and we will continue to nurture that time-honored tradition. He said it is our collective responsibility to combat intolerance, xenophobia, fanaticism and religious hatred worldwide.
Masood Khan said Pakistan and United States can work together to deepen understanding about these issues and promote understanding among civilizations.
Chairman of Muslim Institute Sahibzada Sultan Ahmad Ali was chief guest on the occasion while the reception was attended by religious leaders representing various faiths and denominations and leading members of Pak-American community.
In his remarks Sahibzada Sultan Ali said that sufi saints in subcontinent had played a vital role in transformation of society and during thousand years of the Muslim rule, there had never been any religious conflict among Muslims, Sikhs, and Buddhists, Christians and Zoroastrian and others.
Talking about scientific and technological advancement of modern age, he said that technology, artificial intelligence and other tools could effectively be employed to promote mutual interactions and encouraging dialogue among various faiths.
The event was also addressed by Rev. Canon Justin Murff, Daniel Spiro, Waseem Naqvi, Dr. Sayyid Syeed, Yahya Hendi, Muhammad Usman Noori and others.
Ambassador Masood Khan thanked Sahibzada Sultan Ahmad Ali and other religious leaders for reiterating their strong commitment towards promoting interfaith harmony among the followers of different faiths.