World needs tolerance today more than ever: Bilawal


KARACHI: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said on Friday that the world needs tolerance today greater than ever because the right-winged politics across the world have wreaked havoc and rocked the foundation of basic civilised society.

In his message on the occasion of World Tolerance day, which is commemorated on November 16 every year, he said that since the global village of today has promoted immense opportunities for a reciprocal dialogue but at the same moment, it has also allowed emerging of a variety of challenges that pertain to peaceful and tranquil society.

The PPP chairman said it is only because of the right-winged politics that a prominent section of the society has been divided into smaller factions owing to that the world is seriously lacking the spirit and unity, efforts and mechanism for the alleviation of poverty, illiteracy and hunger.

Bilawal said that tolerance is an integrated part of Islamic teachings and the basis of world peace lies in tolerance and tranquillity.

The PPP chairman said that his party, PPP, is the custodian of norms and values of a civilised society through peace and tranquillity. The party has suffered a lot at the hands of extremists but never resorted to any fight-back of vengeance despite all the losses, and the party also never resorted to politics of vengeance in retaliation to political atrocities and injustices and has always kept the doors open for the reconciliation and tolerating each other.

Bilawal said that it is a dynamic platform of politics, which embraced all sections of life inclusive of religious, ethnic, different communal and cultural entities alike and hence it provides the vast canvass to all with peace, love, respect and tolerance.


Former president and PPP Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari said that party will continue its struggle to eliminate extremism.

In his message on the eve of World Tolerance Day, he said that Pakistan is a country of different cultures and traditions and to some extent multi-religious as well.

“We need tolerance in our society which means respecting other cultures and religions. Tolerance means living with differences and the diversity in Pakistani society demands tolerance,” he added.

Zardari said that PPP and its leadership have always displayed tolerance.

“Late Begum Nusrat Bhutto and Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto taught us tolerance, patience and harmony. PPP will continue to strive for a society free of hatred and hostility. Party has always rejected extremism and terrorism and will continue its struggle against this menace of fanaticism and radicalism,” he added.