Group photograph of participants in the Independence Day function organized by the Saba Trust in Rawalpindi
An interfaith gathering was recently arranged by the Saba Aslam Education and Welfare Trust Headquarters in Rawalpindi to celebrate the Pakistan Independence Day. It turned out to be a well attended gathering with representatives of various faiths and a large number of children from schools located in Rawalpindi and Islamabad attending the function.
The speakers included Lt Col (Retd.) Abdul Wahid of Ripha Trust, Suleri, Hector Aleem (Chairman Peace Worldwide), Rana Akram (Pakistan Railways), and Anam Sajjad, a student. They stressed the need for forging unity and promoting harmony among peoples belonging to all faiths to ensure peace and development in Pakistan.
The Chairman Saba Aslam Trust addressed the gathering on telephone from the USA. He traced the history of the Pakistan Movement and observed that the founders of the country were very clear in their mind that irrespective of their belief and religion all Pakistanis had equal rights. That explains why the minorities played an important role in the development of Pakistan.
The Chairman of the Saba Aslam Trust said that Pakistan currently is passing through a very critical period and interfaith harmony is more than ever needed today. The Saba Aslam Trust has been acutely conscious of this reality and has been consistently working towards this end. It has also undertaken several welfare programs in the country during the last 40 years. Mr. Saghir Aslam informed that the Trust had organized several interfaith conferences in the USA as well as Pakistan to promote understanding and harmony between followers of various faiths which was a vivid proof of his love for his homeland.
The children belonging to various educational institutions in Rawalpindi and Islamabad presented national songs on the occasion. Later, representatives of different faiths prayed for the progress and prosperity of Pakistan. They expressed their firm belief that the Saba Aslam Trust has been constantly engaged in the promotion of peace and harmony among citizens of Pakistan besides undertaking humanitarian relief work. Said Col Wahid, “We have to make a resolve on the 60th Independence Day to make our country strong and stable.” He asked the leaders of all faiths to get together and make coordinated efforts to achieve the objectives for which the country was created. “We all have a role to play and it is more needed than ever before,” he observed.
Hector Aleem said nations which demonstrate unity, harmony and brotherhood achieve their goals and no force can sabotage their resolve.
Editor: Akhtar M. Faruqui
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