Forman Christian College (A Chartered University) and Bargad Organization for Youth Development organized a seminar under the umbrella of Paigham-e-Pakistan in collaboration with Lahore, Ministry of Religious Affairs, Council of Islamic Ideology and World Council of Religions. Around 300 people including minority representatives, legislators, civil society members and students, academicians and media persons attended the seminar.
The seminar consisted of music performances, by Abrar ul Haq, Jawad Ahmed, the Rafi Peer Theatre group and the LUMS Music Society. Jawad Ahmed and Abrar ul Haq also spoke to the audience in connection with the occasion. All of the performances carried a message of peace and coexistence.
A presentation on policy brief ‘Quota for Non- Muslim students in Education’ was given by Mr Usman Akhter in which he discussed the historical aspect of the status of minorities along with the need to give them equal opportunities in education so that they can fulfil their potential. A panel discussion on Unity through Diversity was also held with panellists representing different religions, Dr Roohiya, Dr Munawar Chand, Mr Hafiz M Nauman Hamid, Professor Kalyan Singh from Government College University, Mr Sardar Bisham Singh, Bhagat Laal Khokhar, Mr Mansoor Kazi and Member National Assembly Mr Sheheryar Afridi and Ms Romina Khurshid Alam.
Mr Mansoor urged the youth to play their role as they form the largest chunk of the population of Pakistan today.
The program was moderated by Ms Nabila Malick. The panellists also spoke about the message of the seminar and shared their experiences respective to their communities and line of work.
In the end Mr Atiq-ur-Rehman, Chairperson Department of Religious Studies FCCU, gave the concluding remarks and shared that FCCU is the only University that offers courses in different religions and is very supportive of such initiatives. He also thanked Bargad for organizing the event.