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Youth to be engaged for promotion of tolerance
Youth to be engaged for promotion of tolerance


LAHORE: (Thursday, September 27, 2018): Speakers at a seminar have urged the need to resolve religious intolerance by engaging youth in promotion of religious tolerance in the society. The seminar was organized by PU College of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Al Raazi Hall. Leading Poet and writer Amjad Islam Amjad, renowned intellectual Syed Bilal Qutub, senior anchor Habib Akram, MPA Sadia Sohail Principal CEES Prof. Sajid Rashid Ahmad and IDEA’s Executive Director Salman Abid, faculty members and a large number of students were present on the occasion. In his address, Dr Sajid Rashid highlighted the role of university in peace promotion among youth. He said that universities created a safe and secure environment to resolve any problems coming out of diversity of views, opinions and beliefs. Syed Bilal Qutub explained the role of youth in peace process. He emphasized on the need of youth engagement in positive activities for creating immense sense of harmony, love and peace. Habib Akram said that religious extremism was a great challenge for state as well as individuals. He said that for this purpose, we should support governmental policies and procedures to address the issue of religious intolerance. He said print, electronic and social media could play an effective role for engaging youth in promotion of tolerance. In her address, Sadia Sohail said that university girls must play their role for the elimination of religious extremism as their role was important for the eradication of extremism in the society.

Concluding the discussion, Amjad Islam Amjad emphasized that writers and poet should perform their role through poetry and novels for the promotion of tolerance amongst youth. He said the nation had to work for the eradication of religious extremism and should not be limited with religious institutions but the responsibility of all educational, political and religious institutions that they have to promote new thinking in new generation. During question answer session students raised their questions how youth can contribute for promotion of religious tolerance.