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Policy Dialogue to engage youth organized at SMIU

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Karachi: (Press Release) Parliamentarians, representatives of the civil society, academicians and policymakers Wednesday unanimously emphasized the need to Policy dialogue part of BARGAD’S efforts to engage youth for challenging on hate Speech and Religion exclusion among Youth in Pakistan. 

The interactive session was fruitful and lively following the extensive participation and thought provoking questions from the participants and moderated knowledge based and valuable feedback from the panelists. 

The key objectives is to present and support policy recommendations for minimizing hate speech among youth in Pakistan. 

Speaking at a seminar titled ‘hate Speech and Religion exclusion among Youth in Pakistan held at Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU)  . 

Speakers said that no country could progress without granting religious freedom and Tolerance to its citizens. 

Program Advisor Bargad Iqbal Butt, Advisor to Chief Minister Sindh for Human rights Mr Veerji Kolhi, Zulfiqar Shah Sindh Human rights defender network, Rizwan Jaffer Youth Parliament, SMIU Professor, Dr Amir Feroz shamsi, and prominent youth leaders from Hindu, Christian, Bhahi, Sikh community and others attended the seminar. 

It went on to say that interfaith religious and theological differences might not be debated without strictly following the ethics of disagreement. Hate speech dialogue is a legitimate tool for advancing harmony and coexistence. It should be promoted as a policy for maintaining peace, harmony and co existence in the society. 

The joint declaration said that all citizens, irrespective of their faith should have the freedom and right to practice their religion. “Every citizen has the right to employment sans discrimination. The religious sentiments of all the communities are important and reciprocal for each other. Such social and religious reciprocity requires mutual respect and tolerance in the subjectivity of faith,” the declaration added. 

It said that all Muslim and non-Muslim citizens should be treated with absolute equality. Places of worship, religious leaders and religious sentiments of all religions should be respected. 

Heads of local governments should be given ‘Justice of Peace’ powers to mitigate interfaith segregations and polarizations, it said, adding that all institutions of state should discourage faith-based discrimination and persecution. It proposed to introduce a subject of interfaith harmony, tolerance and peaceful co-existence as a compulsory subject in all primary and higher secondary schools of Pakistan. 

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