Religious leaders highlighted challenges to interfaith harmony on October 27 in Pakistan while marking the 25th anniversary of the world day of prayer for peace. The Catholic Church also hosted events nationwide in Pakistan/
The National Council for Interfaith Dialogue organized a gathering for more than 200 at the peace hall of St Joseph Catholic Church in Lahore. About 20 priests and clerics as well as a few Sikh leaders attended the prayers. Speakers read out texts from their holy books, offered collective prayers for peace and lit candles. Some clerics also pointed out similarities between the prayer of Pope John Paul II and Islamic verses. Priests later handed over prayer cards to clerics.
The rector of Capuchin monastery in Lahore said wrong interpretations of religion by clerics are the main reason behind the current strife in the country.
Maulana Javed Akbar Saqi, chairman of the Wahdat Islami Movement, an Islamic charity organization, also condemned what he called two-faced clerics.
“Pakistani organizers of a recent Muslim peace conference in London were labeled as infidels in a local [Lahore] periodical. Such publishers are the real terrorists,” Maulana Saqi said.