An International Interfaith Peace Conference titled “Respect of Humanity and its Importance” was held in Islamabad, Pakistan on November 24th. Chief guest of honor, President of Pakistan, Dr. Arif Alvi, along with several Ambassadors, Federal and Provincial Ministers and some 300 other religious leaders and peace activists attended the event representing the Muslim, Christian, Hindu and Sikh communities. The event was organized and hosted by Maulana Abdul Khabir Azad, Grand Imam of Badshahi Mosque.
President Alvi spoke about the spirit of unity in diversity stressing that all religions of the world emphasized promoting peace and tolerance for the betterment of mankind. He also highlighted the challenges and difficulties of promoting dialogue among religions and threats of extremism and discrimination in the name of religion which can be solved through interfaith harmony and dialogue.
Masami Saionji could not be present in person to accept the prestigious International Peace Award from President Ali. In her stead, Fr James Channan OP, Director, Peace Center and the host Grand Imam of Badshahi Mosque, received her award with the greatest of dignity and honor.
The International Peace Award was also presented to Fr James Channan by Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Foreign Minister of Pakistan.
The event was covered extensively by the local media include this article posted in the Daily Times.