Terming peace as the key reason to have coordination among nation, institution and state, Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhary has said it couldn’t be achieved without imposition of rule of law in the country.

He was addressing on the second day of International Conference on ‘Peace through Law’, organized by the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) at Lahore.

He said that Islam was undoubtedly a peaceful religion as were all other religions, adding that it was the lack of understanding of the true spirit of the religions that was creating these differences.

He noted, “Islamic teachings are oriented towards achievement of peace, brotherhood and human welfare. I believe that like Islam, all major religions of the world carry the message of peace-making and peace-keeping.”

The chief justice further stated that it was unfortunate that human kind has got fragmented into religious and ethnic sects and groups without understanding the true spirit and philosophy.

He further said, “These deep-rooted rifts have given rise to terrorism, bloodshed, extra-judicial killings, human rights violations and other evils that are perpetuating extremism and radicalism and affecting global peace.”

Chief Justice Chaudhary was of the opinion that the best way to address these issues was through bridging the gap amongst individuals and states by common understanding and sharing of knowledge about law, peace and religion and exploring the factors that can help in achieving the objective of global peace.

In his view, it was a matter of importance undoubtedly that as far as our religion Islam is concerned, being a great religion, conveys the message of peace,” said the chief justice.

The chief justice also observed, “Most verses of the Quran are directly or indirectly aim at propagating peace and abhorring oppression and violence.”

He said that without the guarantee of law behind it, no settlement can last very long and without such settlements, peace cannot be established, adding that the reverse of this was also true if the disputes can be settled legally.

He said the culture of Pakistani and Indian citizens was the same while living standard also had resembled. He said no citizen in both countries wanted war or fight because it did not help anyone.

In concluding remarks, he said the governments of the two countries should also make visa process easy for their masses because it was much complicated.

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