Islamabad - Speakers on Sunday stressed for promoting tolerance among different religions, saying that interfaith harmony was need of the hour which enabled people from different religions to live together in peace, a statement said.

Universal Interfaith Peace Mission (UIPM) organised a Pre-Parliament of World Religions (PPOWR) event to promote the message of interfaith harmony and tolerance among different religions. James Clark, first secretary of international affairs at Canadian High Commission to Pakistan, was the chief guest of the conference.

Members of the civil society and people from minority communities attended the event, organised in collaboration with partner organisations.

Speaking on the occasion, James Clark said that they had been working on interfaith harmony and human rights throughout the month and their programme focused entire Pakistan.

“We are happy that a PPOWR event has been organised in Pakistan to portray characteristics of the upcoming Parliament of World Religions due to be held in Canada”. Promotion of interfaith harmony is need of the hour, he said.

James Clarke also lauded the message delivered by Dr GR Chishti that followers of both Islam and Christianity should study the holy scriptures of each other. He also appreciated the message portrayed in the tableau about love of neighbour. In the end, he congratulated Universal Interfaith Peace Mission for holding a successful event.

Earlier in his key-note address, Dr GR Chishti said that he took inspiration of holding a PPOWR event in Islamabad after attending an interfaith meeting of the Parliament of World Religions in Singapore in November. He also highlighted the purpose of the forthcoming Parliament of the World Religions, to be held in Toronto, Canada.