HYDERABAD: Addressing a seminar on Wednesday, educationists, writers and intellectuals underscored the significance of peace for the survival of humanity besides stressing the role which different stakeholders could play in achieving the objective.
They were speaking at a three-day seminar titled ‘Practical and Theoretical Review of Aspects of Peace and Conflict in Local and Global Perspectives’ organised at University of Sindh, Jamshoro.
The event was organised by university’s Office of Research, Innovation and Commercialization (OREC), Higher Education Commission and Shamsul Ulema Mirza Kaleech Baig Chair.
Speaking at the first session, Prof Farhat Jokhio said the conflicts of different nature in the world were creating numerous problems and also providing breeding ground for terrorism.
“We all seem to have a role in some way in the spread of such strife,” she observed, adding that in order to spread love and peace in the world, humans would first have to attain internal peace.
The professor said although the human psyche disliked the situation of strife, circumstances compel the humans to become entangled in such situations.
Expressing ambivalence over the role of the media for the creation of both peace and conflict, Prof Farhat said the media highlighted positive and negative issues and situations which become reasons for promoting peace or conflict.
Speaking in the second session titled ‘Peace and Trade’, SU Naushahro Feroze Campus Focal Person Dr Hakim Mahesar explained how conflict and strife affected trade and how promotion of trade could lower the incidence of conflict.
“Not only peace is restoring in Pakistan, the economic landscape of the country has also improved and will keep improving,” he observed.
Dr Mehmoodul Hassan Mughal, who addressed the third session titled ‘Peace and Hope for Humanity’, elaborated that the objective of peace was to live and let others live.
“There are two types of people. There are those who perturb other people and those who get perturbed. While the latter somehow find a way out of perturbation, the former remain ensnared in that state,” he observed.
Mughal stressed on the need of adopting positive approach by the humans as a panacea to end the strife and pave the way for peace in society.
The event concluded with performance of a tableau titled ‘Need for Peace’ while the notable musician Zulfiqar Ali Khan read a poem of late poet Mirza Kaleech Baig.
The event’s coordinator Sheeraz Shaikh informed that the seminar’s concluding ceremony would be held on its third day on Thursday, Feb 1.