Lahore: CEO YDF Shahid Rehmat has said that in recent times, mob violence across Pakistan has unfortunately resulted in significant loss of life.
He said that in order to prevent such incidents and to create awareness among the people, the Youth Development Foundation launched a media campaign called Message of Peace, which yielded encouraging results. These views were expressed by Shahid Rehmat while addressing a youth convention. Shahid Rehmat added that during the campaign, the Youth Development Foundation recorded audio and video messages of 10 famous religious and social leaders of the country. These religious and social leaders included names belonging to different religions and sects. Among them are Maulana Tahir Mahmood Ashrafi, former Special Representative of the Prime Minister for Interfaith Harmony, Dr. Qibla Ayaz, Head of Islamic Ideological Council, Dr. Ragheb Naeemi, Administrator of Jamia Naeemia, Allama Dr. Hussain Akbar, Administrator of Minhaj-ul-Hussein. Messages of Maulana Abdul Khabir Azad, Head and Khatib of Badshahi Masjid Lahore and eminent political and religious scholar Dr. Samia Raheel Qazi were recorded. Messages from religious circles and members of the Provincial Assembly, Ejaz Alam Augustine (former Minister for Human Rights and Religious Affairs) and Syeda Zahra Naqvi (Member Provincial Assembly) were also part of the campaign. Representing the Sikh community in the campaign, Pakistan’s first Sikh PhD, Dr. Kalyan Singh Kalyan and Bishop Irfan Jamil, representing the Church of Pakistan, also recorded messages. Shahid Rehmat told the participants that all religious and social leaders had conveyed the message that all citizens should walk on the path of peace and refrain from being provoked in any unavoidable incident. All these messages were broadcast on TV channels and local radio channels in a 28-day media campaign, he concluded.