Pak PM Nawaz asks religious scholars to help eliminate extremism

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif addressing a Seeratun Nabi conference in Lahore on Monday urged religious scholars to play their role for the elimination of the root causes of extremism in society, Radio Pakistan reported.
PM Nawaz regretted that 'certain elements' had distorted Islam's image as a religion of peace by spreading anarchy and bloodshed.
The premier pointed out that the hideouts of terrorists had been eliminated due the efforts and sacrifices of the national leadership, religious scholars, armed forces and police. He added that it is now the responsibility of religious scholars to reestablish a link between Islam and peace, taking guidance from the life and teachings of the Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him).
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said, "Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)... spoke up against name-calling and hate speech."
"Respect for humanity became an integral part of Islamic teachings through the many examples of Prophet Muhammad's (PBUH) life. He said that the respect for every human life should be equal to the respect of Kaaba," the PM said, stressing upon the importance of humanity and equality in Islam.
In his address, PM Nawaz Sharif said Prophet Muhammad's (PBUH) last sermon taught us that civilised societies are formed on the basis of equality and mutual respect.
"The Prophet (PBUH) raised the society's standard of respect and gave us a practical example of all these things to live by." he said.
"We need to look back at Pakistan's journey and check if we have adhered to all the guidelines of governance and social standards laid down by Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)," the PM added.
"We need to take our country forward in a positive manner and do it in the light of Prophet Muhammad's (PBUH) teachings," he stressed.
Religious scholars and members of civil society attended the the Seeratun Nabi conference held on 12 Rabiul Awwal, the day of birth of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).


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