RAWALPINDI - Dr Azad Marshall, Moderator / President Bishops (Church of Pakistan and Bishop of Raiwind) along with 13 member delegation of Christian community called on Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Syed Asim Munir, NI (M) at the General Headquarters on Monday.
According to a press release issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), during the meeting matters of mutual interest, religious and inter-faith harmony, were discussed. COAS lauded the contributions of Pakistani Christian community in national development, including promotion of quality education, healthcare and philanthropic services and outstanding role played by them for the defence of the motherland.
COAS expressed deep respect for Christian community and stressed upon the need for promoting greater interfaith harmony in society in order to follow Quaid’s true vision of a united and progressive Pakistan.
COAS emphasised “Islam is a religion of peace and there is no space for intolerance and extremism in Islam and society. No one can be allowed to take law in his own hands in a civilised society”. Christian Community members acknowledged Pakistan Army’s efforts in combating terrorism and providing secure environment to the minorities in the country. They appreciated Army Chief’s gesture as an inspiration for Pakistani minorities to take greater and more active part in nation building and in restoring their faith in a cohesive and tolerant society.