ISLAMABAD (PR) - Federal Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Sardar Muhammad Yousaf has asked religious scholars to include the message of peace and social harmony, brotherhood, acceptance and coexistence in the prayer sessions.

He said that the government was committed to protect freedom of every Pakistani at any cost. “We are trying our level best to ensure peace and coexistence in Pakistan,” he said while addressing a launching ceremony of the Charter of Peace, an initiative of Peace and Harmony Network Pakistan (PHNP). The Peace and Harmony Network is a group of religious leaders, representatives of different religions and faiths, civil society organizations and government delegates who have joined hands for coexistence, peace and harmony and bridging gaps among various segments of society. Vatican's Ambassador Edgar Pena Parra, Punjab Parliamentary Secretary for Human Rights and Minorities Affairs MPA Tariq Masih Gill, Archbishop Sebastian Francis Shaw, Member of National Assembly Asia Nasir, PHNP Chairman Allama Zubair Abid, PHNP Secretary General Javaid William, Pandit Haroon SarabDiyal, Tranjeet Singh and others also addressed the conference.

The federal minister urged religious scholars and representatives from all religions and faiths to evolve consensus on promoting tolerance and coexistence in the society. “We must know tolerance is a key to ensure peace,” he said, adding that the government would extend all support to the Peace and Harmony Network in its future endeavor.

On the occasion, the Peace and Harmony Network launched Charter of Peace in which people from all communities asked to restore interfaith harmony. “To end duality and adopt values from different religions so that we may be able to create an atmosphere where everyone might have religious freedom, the religion must be use to end differences among different religious communities,” according to the charter.

Addressing the gathering, speakers appreciated the Peace and Harmony Network for the launch of the Charter of Peace and said that the religion must be used to end differences among the masses.

Hindu leader Pandit Haroon Sarabdiyal, Dr James Channan, Allama Mushtaq Jaffery, Allama Shafaat Rasool, Syed Tauqeer Baba, Maulana Abdul Wahab Roprri and others also addressed the conference and supported the peace at regional and national levels.