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Sufism can promote peace in society, say speakers.

PESHAWAR -- Speakers at a conference here on Tuesday said that Sufism could promote peace and tolerance in the society.

The three-day conference entitled 'Peace building through tolerance' was held at Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Peshawar with the support of United Nations Development Fund, said a press release.

Dr Syed Minhajul Hassan, the dean of faculty of arts and humanities and social sciences, was the guest of honour at the inaugural session of the conference. He lauded the efforts of IPCS in pinpointing the research-based tools for peace building initiatives.

Dr Jamil Ahmad Chitrali, the director of IPCS, said in his welcome address that the basic aim of the conference was to develop research tools for tolerance through focus group discussion. The research tools for tolerance would be later on tested by Institute in the selected districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, he added.

Dr Chitrali said that lasting peace could not be restored in the society unless the universities were given a lead role in policymaking through research-based culture.

Other participants of the conference including Dr Imran Ali, Dr Zafar Khan, Rameez Ahmed and Shafugta Hayat talked about different means that could promote peace and tolerance in society.

They said that Sufism could be a major factor in promoting tolerance and equality in the society. They said that strengthening peace building initiatives by helping United Nations agencies and local NGOs and reviewing the curriculum at the primary level could promote peace and tolerance in the society.

Dr Hussain Shaheed Suhawardi, the chairman international relations department, stressed the need for tackling radicalisation in the society at multiple fronts including academic, societal and institutional.

Mohammad Adil Saleem, a young scholar, said that economic wellbeing of people in a society was linked with their level of tolerance. He said that talent, technology and tolerance could together work to boost economy.

The scholars would form focus groups for discussion during the remaining two days of the conference.

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Publication:Dawn (Karachi, Pakistan)
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Date:Dec 20, 2017
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