LAHORE: Senate Chairman Mian Raza Rabbani on Saturday said philosophy of Baba Bulleh Shah provided the best foundation for national integration to weed out frustration, fanaticism, sectarianism and sentiments of hatred from society.
Addressing the 25th Bulleh Shah Conference on the 258th Urs of Baba Bulleh Shah in Kasur, he said: “An unknown civilization was imposed on our society which did not have link with our culture, history and ideology.
He added that: “We can make progress and prosperity besides strengthening the centre only if we adopt our culture, history, philosophy and ideology”.
He stressed the need to promote regional culture as culture of Punjab, Sindh, the KPK and Balochistan could develop historical synthesis which would emerge as Pakistani culture.
The chairman said philosophies of sufi saints were reflected in the Constitution which ended discrimination of a cast or sect and promoted equality in society.
He added that article 253 of the Constitution gave complete right for the promotion of all regional languages.
Paying rich tribute to the security forces that were fighting against terrorism, he said the whole nation stood shoulder to shoulder with its armed forces.
Condemning the Kasur incident, the chairman said those involved in the incident of child abuse should be punished as per law. He said such incidents happened due to deviation from teachings of spiritual leaders and saints, adding that a senate standing committee on child protection was evolved to protect rights of children as they were an asset of the country.
Raza Rabbani strongly condemned the unprovoked shelling and firing by India on the Sialkot Working Boundary and said the US, the UK and other countries should raise voice against the Indian aggression.
He added that people and Pak army were united to protect the motherland against any aggression.
Earlier, the chairman Senate distributed awards among prominent scholars, poets and notables.
PPP Executive Committee Member Ch Manzoor Ahmad, PU Dean Oriental Languages Asmatullah Zahid, president conference Khadim Ali Khokhar, Anjum Shakeel Gilani, Sharif Anjum, Akram Sheikh and other scholars also highlighted the teachings of Baba Bulleh Shah.
Later, the chairman held a meeting with the families of victims of the Kasur incident and assure them of his support for juctice.