HYDERABAD - The academicians, writers and intellectuals have underscored the need of adopting humility, tolerance and patience in behavior as tools for establishing a peaceful society.

The experts expressed their views over the issue at a 3-day seminar titled ‘Practical and Theoretical Review of Aspects of Peace and Conflict in Local and Global Perspectives’ organised in University of Sindh Jamshoro on Thursday.

The event was organised by Office of Research, Innovation and Commercialization (OREC) of SU, Higher Education Commission and Shamsul Ulema Mirza Kaleech Baig Chair.

Prof Dr Iqbal Ahmed Panhwar while addressing the first session titled ‘Peace and Economy’ said peace was a prerequisite for the economic development.

“We have to protect the future of our posterity and for which we need to work in unison with the government to root out violence and crime for a peaceful society,” he said. He praised the late poet and intellectual Mirza Kaleech Baig saying that the person left seminal influences on the realms of his work. Panhwar encouraged the youth to read the works of Baig and try to follow his ideas for a peaceful existence.

Speaking at the second session ‘A Study of Peace and Conflict’ Dr Moonis Ayaz of Karachi University said the social and economic progress remained a reverie without peace.

He underlined the need of cultivating friendly relations among the countries. “Peace is not a piece of cake which can be served on a silver platter. There ought to be a struggle to attain this objective,” he contended.

The scholar supported the idea of establishing peaceful relations by all countries and opting for the path of peaceful dispute resolution over provoking conflicts.

The young activist Alamgir Khan who had been struggling to highlight and get resolved the civic issues in Karachi spoke in the third session and told that his non-governmental organization was working to change minds in the country.

“Fixit is a platform through which the youth is instilled with new ideas, which helps resolve many local issues,” he said.

He said the credit goes to his organization FixIt for raising the issue of solid waste management in Karachi which suffered from heaps of garbage in every other corner of the city during last 10 years. He informed that more than 1,000 uncovered manholes in Karachi had been covered after he launched a campaign in that regard.

“We have also started to sensitise people with the importance of tree plantation,” he informed. Khan said only the political parties could not alone address that problem but the citizens would also have to contribute their part. Before the conclusion a tableau titled ‘Instinct’ was performed while the musician Zulfiqar Ali Khan played traditional Sindhi music instruments.