KHANEWAL - The Bethak-Pakistan in collaboration with AAP-Multan celebrated the World Interfaith Cultural Week to promote communication and trust among the believers of different religious for peace.A large number of people from Christian, Muslim, Sikh, and Hindu communities participated in the cultural festival here the other day. Programme started with the recitation of holy books of different religions and representatives from all the faiths were called on stage and a candlelight vigil was also held for peace and harmony in the society.On the occasion, Samuel Barkat, Francis Jacob, Amir Hussaini, Sarfraz Clement, and Mahinder Paul Singh spoke on different aspects of promotion of peace and harmony through interfaith dialogue, importance of diversity in religions, different cultures and ethnic groups and acceptance of each individual as a unique person. Shahzad Francis of Bethak explained the objectives of Interfaith Cultural Festival and different forms of interfaith dialogue taking place in the country among people of different faiths.He further explained that the interfaith dialogue was a meeting of heart and mind among followers of different religion and working together in harmony for a common cause of peaceful coexistence.Meanwhile, local singers and artists including Ustad Hafeez Naqash, Yaqoob Sahotra, Babar Lahori, Qayyum Khan, Faisal Lucky and Shani entertained the audience with peace songs, Gazals and folk songs.Later, school and college students also presented cultural dance and awards were also distributed to the peace promoters for their dedicated services at the end of the ceremony.

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