Islamabad - Stressing the need for respecting and honouring the religious sentiments of followers of different religions, Federal Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Sardar Mohammad Yousaf has said that the government is committed to bring stringent check on the misuse of blasphemy laws .

Addressing a conference on interfaith harmony organised by Universal Nexus for Interfaith and Engagement (UNITE) here at local hotel on Tuesday as chief guest, Sardar Mohammad Yousuf said that the government has successfully managed misuse of blasphemy laws against non-Muslims and there were clear-cut instructions that a case could not be lodged under these laws unless and until a SP-level police officer would conduct an inquiry into the matter.

He further said that the laws were equally stringent for both Muslims and non-Muslims as in case of levelling of baseless charges on any non-Muslim punitive punishment would be there in the laws against him.

The function was also addressed by chairman of UNITE and Sotul Islam Haroon Serb Deyal, Chief Executive of Peace and Development Roomana Bashir, Mufti Abu Bakar Mohiuddin, Mufit Jameel, PML-N Gilgit-Baltistan President Hafiz Hafeezur Rehman and other prominent scholars.

Haroon Serb Deyal in his address said that an international conference on interfaith harmony would be organised in November this year.

in which scholars belonging to different religions from all over the world would participate to promote the cause of interfaith harmony and respect to the religious sentiments of followers of different religion.

Stressing the need of enhancing interaction between the religious scholars and civil society members Deyal suggested introduction of course in schools curricula to inculcate tolerance among youth for the religious sentiments of other religions.