ISLAMABAD, May 25(APP): Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Auangzeb said that the government is working for revival of indigenous narrative of the country, which faded due to terrorism and extremism.
She was co-chairing the national dialogue on ‘Culture of Tolerance: Reviving the Indigenous Narrative’ with Leader of the Opposition Syed Khurshid Shah here Thurstoday.
Parliamentarians, representatives from media and civil society deliberated upon ways to revive the national narrative of peace, tolerance and harmony.
The Minister of State appreciated the role and sacrifices of the political parties and workers for strengthening the political culture in the country and said that public narrative was disturbed due to the undemocratic system in the country.
She said operation Raddul Fasad is also aimed at bringing about a change in the mindset. She said PTV’s Children Channel is to be launched to inculcate the sense of tolerance and promote national narrative among the younger generation. She expressed the confidence that revival of the film industry would also contribute towards tackling the menace of extremism and terrorism.
Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly Syed Khusheed Shah urged the people of country to develop positive attitude to defeat the thought of extremism and racism. He said that media has to play a proactive role as the fourth pillar of the state in promotion of tolerance.He said that we need to revive the policies of tolerance in politics. He said that racism is biggest reason of intolerance in the society.
Marriyum Aurangzeb said all provincial governments stand united with the Federal Government to promote the national narrative on tolerance and peace. She said the Government will provide special incentives in the upcoming budget to help implement the steps taken in this regard.
The Minister said tolerance and forgiveness is the very message embedded in our religious teachings.
Other speakers from different walks of life underscored the need for beefing up efforts to promote culture of acceptance and inclusiveness. They highlighted that education system of the country should be aligned with the efforts to curb intolerance and extremism by bringing reforms in the syllabus.
The participants agreed upon increased engagement of media and other stakeholders in these efforts and furthering the dialogue on national narrative.