Nawaz Sharif said on Saturday the government would surely achieve success in resolving economic issues and eliminating terrorism, though it would take time

Nov 26, 2013

Nawaz Sharif said on Saturday the government would surely achieve success in resolving economic issues and eliminating terrorism, though it would take time. He said all institutions, media and society would have to follow a uniform policy, play their role and refrain from politicizing national issues.

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He was addressing the inaugural session of a three-day 4th Alhamra International Literary and Cultural Conference here at the Alhamra Hall. The Prime Minister said Islam was being criticized for terrorism and extremism, which prompted the need to effectively highlight its true face. The conference, he observed, would help remove misconceptions about Islam. Presenting the real face of Islam was a great service, he added.

Nawaz Sharif said the Islamic teachings were not based on sectarianism and religious hatred. Rather Islam preached unity, peace, fraternity, love, tolerance and interfaith harmony. He said the Khilafat-e-Rashida, Persian and Ottoman empires had promoted true Islamic culture, which not only brought about a social revolution in the Arab world but also impacted Europe and Asia, besides China and Indonesia. Muslim scholars and scientists were not prejudiced and spread knowledge throughout the world, he added.

Highlighting foreign policy, he said Pakistan was maintaining cordial relations with China, Iran and other neighbouring countries, while ties with Afghanistan were improving fast. The Prime Minister said Pakistan also wanted better and cordial relations with India by settling all issues, including the Kashmir dispute, through dialogue.