NATO kept alive to ‘tackle’ Islam: Governor Shah Farman

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Peshawar.
Pakistan is the only Muslim country capable of leading the Islamic world. The final match of the Cold War was played in Afghanistan. The free market economy and the multi-party system were promoted in the world by shedding the blood of one million Afghans. Pakistaniat can only be strengthened by giving preference to national interests over personal interests. These views were expressed by the speakers during a one-day conference in Peshawar jointly organized by the Pakistan Institute for Conflict and Security Studies (Islamabad) and the Department of International Relations, University of Peshawar. Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Shah Farman was the chief guest while Special Assistant to the Chief Minister for Information Barrister Muhammad Ali Saif delivered the keynote address. Governor Shah Farman said that Pakistan is the only Muslim nuclear power in the world and due to its special geographical location and its leadership abilities Pakistan is being targeted. He said that the conspiracy to end the bipolar world started in the 1980s. Its final was played in Afghanistan where 1 million Afghans were killed. The Afghans were forgotten and thrown away and sanctions were imposed on Pakistan. He said that Pakistan will have to achieve economic independence to attain true Pakistaniat. Muslim world is divided on many lines to deny unity and solidarity among Muslims while Islam is being targeted to safeguard free-market economy and interest of the capitalists. That is why NATO was retained and the European Union was formed. We are not against unity of European countries but the world should also not worry about unity of Muslim World.
Addressing the conference, Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Special Assistant for Information and Public Relations Barrister Muhammad Ali Saif said that Pakistaniat is a reality that must live forever. Ideas need to be strong for national identity. Only by making Pakistan and Pakistaniat our identity, we can earn respect at the international level. Students and youth should be positive about their Pakistani nationality. Former Pakistan Ambassador to India Abdul Basit, President of Pakistan Institute for Conflict and Security Studies, said that Pakistaniat is in the name of faith, unity and organization. If they are lacking in our national life, then there is no point in mere sloganeering. He said that Pakistani is a miracle and it has to be protected by Allah. This country has made a lot of progress. He said that when the spirit of sacrificing personal interest over national interest is created and it is implemented then we will emerge as a strong nation. Dr Muhammad Idrees, Vice Chancellor, University of Peshawar, said that national identity lies in patriotism. It is said that nationality is the religion of today and every nation identifies itself by its nationality. Pakistaniat is the nationality that gives us an identity in this world. The young generation must be made aware of the nefarious intentions of the enemy. He said that it should be realized that we are nothing without Pakistani identity. “The enemy is cracking our ranks,” he said. Sometimes an Indian spy like Kulbhushan Yadav is caught, sometimes an attempt is made to seduce our Baloch brothers. Brigadier (retd) Simon Sharaf in his speech said that the Christian community played an important role in the establishment of Pakistan. He narrated many important historical events in which Christian leaders played an important role in the establishment of Pakistan. He said that no Pakistani should be discriminated against on the basis of religion or ideology. Dr. Razia Sultana, Vice Chancellor, Benazir Bhutto Women’s University, said that nationalism and patriotism are two sides of the same coin. “Obviously we have a lot of patriotism, but in practice, we have to play a role,” she said. She said that positive discrimination is a good thing, especially for women. Prof. Syed Hussain Shaheed Suhrawardy, Department of International Relations, University of Peshawar, said that efforts are needed to promote patriotism in Pakistan and this should be promoted by the individuals. Dr Fakhur ul Islam of Area Study Center in his speech said that many baseless misconceptions have been created regarding Quaid-e-Azam and history of Pakistan. He said that the speech of Quaid-e-Azam on August 11, 1947 was taken out of context and an attempt was made to present Pakistan as a secular state. Leading religious scholar Dr. Ahmad Ali Alvi, expert on Iqbaliat Khurram Elahi, motivational speaker Faizan Hassan, Dr. Khurshid and others addressed the conference.
The conference was attended by a large number students of University of Peshawar as well as students of Peshawar-based public and private universities in addition to students of madrassahs and professional colleges.

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