Interfaith Harmony

One Planet, many Faiths; Putting Peace into Practice!!

While Pakistan was founded on the basis of equal citizenship rights for persons of all religions, over time discriminatory laws and practices have curtailed the ability of religious minorities to access key services and assets needed to sustain their livelihoods. Discrimination against religious minorities is often reinforced by the actions or non-actions of religious and political leaders, as well as by media coverage on religious and interfaith issues. This has all combined to create a climate of hostility toward religious minorities that, amid broader concerns over the spread of sectarian violence, is a critical obstacle to strengthening democracy and expanding respect for human rights in the country.

Background

Pakistan society contains a huge diversity of culture, ethnicity, religions and beliefs. With any diverse society, there are chances of misunderstanding and conflicts among different groups. And Pakistan is no exception to this, be it sectarian violence among Muslims throughout country, the language riots, or the continuous violence against non-Muslims

In South Punjab different religious institutes are consider to produce extremists and Talbans being use in terrorism activities among different religions /sections PLYC HAS focused on the activities on equal basis with all religions and sects for reduction in extremisms and acceptance for all creating positive response from Communities.

In South Punjab, PLYC has support of various support mechanisms of the religious bodies and civil society organizations for the implementation of projects on peace building and interfaith harmony. PLYC is pioneer member and executive council member of another initiative REAT Network which is also working for the rights of minorities. These linkages will prove crucial in providing the project with support mechanisms and will serve to attain sustainability of the project. PLYC has developed and strengthened networks and support nascent organizations that promote a more tolerant, plural and peaceful society.

Activities

Early Warning Committee meetings 24
  • Quarterly Coordination meetings held 9
  • Advocacy Seminars 17
  • Street Theaters 10
  • Media Training 2
  • Security trainings 3