Society’s collective responsibility to promote tolerance: Gilani

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Former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Saturday said it was the collective responsibility of the political leadership‚ religious scholars‚ civil society and media to portray and promote tolerance in the society. In a statement‚ he said the essence of Islam and the teachings of Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) were based on tolerance and respect for others regardless of their caste‚ creed or religion.
He said those who opted to tread on the opposite path were alien to Islam. Gilani said extremism would never succeed in derailing the Pakistani nation to achieve its goal of a moderate‚ democratic‚ pluralistic and prosperous Pakistan as envisioned by the founding fathers.