President desires a national counter terrorism narrative

Staff Report
ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain called upon the intelligentsia, on Saturday, to join their heads to build a national counter-terrorism narrative, as extremism was a cancer imperilling the national development and stability; an official statement said.

Hussain stressed that conceiving of a national narrative against terrorism is now inevitable to fight the terrorism with unanimity of thought.

He said as the whole nation was celebrating Eid Milad-un-Nabi (peace be upon him) on Friday, the terrorists killed the innocent people in Peshawar and questioned as how a person threatening others’ lives and properties could claim to be the follower of the holy prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).

President strongly condemned the incident and sympathized with the bereaved families. 

He said the whole nation was determined to eliminate the terrorism from the country and called for national unity to achieve the success.

Hussain said it was a day to re-think and reiterate the resolve to act upon the eternal teachings of the holy prophet (peace be upon him) wholeheartedly.

He said the holy prophet (peace be upon him) was the only personality whose every aspect of life was fully preserved for our guidance in all walks of life. 

Therefore, he said it was necessary that every Muslim, particularly those responsible for looking after the affairs of the people, should constantly study the holy Quran and Sunnah for guidance to face the challenges of the time. 

Hussain said the world today was entangled in complex problems of various nature, the reasons of which could be found in the approach to life, psychology and historical background of different societies. 

He said these were the factors due to which various regions of this world had conflicts and harbour hostility at one or the other level. Our region could not remain uninfluenced from this restlessness, the effects of which can be seen beyond our boundaries as well as within our frontiers, he added. 

In such a situation, President viewed that the mature nations and their leadership determine their way forward by sincerely evaluating the challenges from educational, cultural, societal, political and economic aspects. 

He said with the holy prophet (peace be upon him) uprooted many meaningless rituals from society and people were brought together under a system which was according to the true spirit of the religion which strengthened the tradition of goodwill.

Acquiring education was made compulsory for every man and woman, collective justice was promoted and discouragement of concentration of wealth resulted in such a wave of prosperity in the tribal society which could still be envied, he added.

President said these were the revolutionary measures through which the old oppressive system was replaced with a new fair and equitable system. This should be the standard of leadership by adopting which the world can enjoy peace, progress and prosperity even in this age, he advised.

Hussain said it was our foremost responsibility to follow the footsteps of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) and harbour the virtues of love and goodwill for the people by setting aside personal gains, objectives and interests. 

Such an approach will lead to improvement and society to ultimately reach the destination of prosperity by rising out of the abyss of ignorance, poverty and destitution.

He said it was imperative for the leader to comprehend the world and society with open heart and mind and leave no stone unturned for development and prosperity of society keeping in view the contemporary. situation. 

President said it was leadership’s responsibility to promote healthy trends in the light of highest principles of morality by uprooting the negative tendencies from society. 

President Hussain was addressing the annual international Seerat conference held by religious affairs and interfaith harmony ministry in connection with Eid Milad-un-Nabi (peace be upon him).

The event was attended by the cabinet members, parliamentarians, diplomats, religious scholars, students and people from different walks of life.

President Hussain was accompanied by Yousuf, religious affairs and interfaith harmony state minister Pir Muhammad Aminul Hasnat Shah and grand mufti of Kyrgyzstan Maksatbek Azhy Toktomushev.