Islamabad: International conference on topic “Grassroots Approaches to US-Pakistan Relations” jointly organized by the Intersections, International, New York, USA & Iqbal International Institute for Research & Dialogue, International Islamic University, Islamabad (IIUI).
“Scholars and religious leaders can redefine the nature of the discourse on US-Pakistan relations”, said rector of IIUI’s Dr. Massom Yaseen Zai.
Delegations of scholars from various countries including prominent American intellectuals did participate in conference. VP (academics) Dr Mumtaz Ahmed and co director of the event and worthy guest Mr. Reverend Robert Chase from USA were also present.
In his address to conference, Rector of the International Islamic University Islamabad, Dr Masoom Yaseen Zai said that it is a matter of great honor for us that our university was able to partner with the Intersections International, New York, to host this important conference.
He said that the role of religious and grassroots leaders is to examine the deeper aspects of these relationships and the aspects that bind the people of our two countries in our shared values.
He added that Whether we are Muslims, Christians or Jews, whether we are Pakistanis or Americans, we all want to make this world a better place, more peaceful, more responsive to the demands of justice and fairness, more tolerant and compassionate, and above all, based on morally-informed and not on politically expedient policies.
Rector said that we in Pakistan harbor no ill will or hostility toward the people of the United States even we have a long history of working together in many fields of our mutual interests.
Thousands of Pakistanis have benefitted from the American institutions of higher education and research, and large number of our citizens living a peaceful and productive life in the United States, contributing also enormously to the American public square. He further said that the interfaith initiatives are indication of a more hopeful scenario.
Partnerships and alliances to support marginalized communities are being forged and faith communities are standing up for the values of religious freedom and tolerance – the values that are common to all religions.
These interfaith coalitions are crucial for Muslim countries as they fight growing radicalization in some sections of their societies as well for the Western world that has recently witnessed increasing phenomena of Islamophobia and anti-immigrant movements.
I wish the participants of this august conference all the success in their noble endeavour. Rector IIUI Dr. Masoom also answered in detail of the questions from the foreign participants. At the end souvenirs were also presented to the guest participants.