It was wonderful talking to you last night and really enjoyed
our discussion about setting up the World Minorities Alliance
Assembly and holding of a peace conference this year in
I am delighted with this initiative as such an initiative is
essential to bring peace and harmony particularly for minorities
living in any country. It’s a big task, however with your
leadership and millions of people around the world can make this
You are doing a great service for mankind and I will be honored
to help you bring the message out.
I would like to discuss one passage each from each Abrahamic
Religions. Interesting thing is all three of “Abrahamic”
Religions teach love and toleration.
Al-Baqarah 2:139, from the Quran
Why do you dispute with us about the God? When He is equally
your Lord and Our Lord? To us belong our actions, to You yours,
and we are true to Him.
Leviticus 19:17- 19:18 from Torah
Thou shall not hate thy brother in thine heart: thou shall not
in any way wise rebuke thy neighbor and not suffer sin upon him.
Thou shall not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children
of thy people, but shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.
Ist Corinthians 13:4-13;7 from the Bible
Love is patience, love is kind and is not jealous, and love does
not brag and is not arrogant. It does act unbecomingly, it does
not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a
wrong, does not rejoice in unrighteousness.
You can find in Quran other passages that are not so tolerant of
Christianity or Judaism, but that can be ascribed chiefly to the
author’s trying to convince the reader that Islam (which means
“peace”) is superior to, less adulterated than Christianity and
more highly evolved than Judaism.
You can also find passage in the Christian Bible critical of
Jews, from whom the Christian were trying to distance them. Jews
in their time were hardly encouraging to worshippers of Baal.
Generally speaking, all three religions fairly tolerant of each
What happened? Religion becomes instrument of power a cause for
division among people who basically believed in peace and
harmony. We look for differences instead points of agreement.
Well its time to stop stressing our differences and acknowledge
the primacy of our common humanity our shared love of life. Its
time to fall on each other shoulder and forgive and ask
forgiveness for what has passed and to pledge to love each other
I honestly thing that “Alliance for Minority” can spread this
message all around the world and take a lead in bringing
Abrahamic Religions closer.
Tariq Ishaq Bhatty
Director Sales & Marketing
CITCGI Subic Bay
AIB Asia Office
Chairman Ways& Means
J. Salik, a True Hero of
Minorities and an ambassador for peace
Actually Muslim-Christian dialogue is a
dialogue among believers. They identify this endeavor as a
practical expression of their religious values, values which
give substance to the meaning of pluralism, mutual awareness,
and the unqualified dignity of the human being, and of the
values of justice, fairness, truth, decency, fellow feeling,
affection, mercy and the stewardship of creation. Dialogue is a
prerequisite for coexistence, for national unity, and for
constructive social interaction between the citizens of one
nation. Furthermore it is a spiritual, moral and cultural
requirement mandated by the principle of mutual understanding
among believers. This principle nurtures values of mutual
respect, strengthens the bonds of friendship, and corrects the
distorted and stereotypical images that make for mutual
alienation and fear.
J Salik has played a commendable role in Pakistan to highlight
the positive and bright examples of how people can live
together, stand in solidarity with each other, express mutual
respect, and show each other affection. As Federal Minister for
Minorities Government of Pakistan, Member of Parliament and
Human Rights Activist, Salik has earned great respect
internationally. His strong voice for religious harmony and
freedom is being heard from the past three decades worldwide.
His recent announcement to convene a Christian Muslim
International Minorities Conference at Pakistan is a most timely
and wise decision, his initiative to secure a Religious
Minorities Seat in the United Nations will certainly draw the
world’s attention for the perseverance of world peace.
I firmly endorse J. Salik’s viewpoint that without respect for
Muslim and Christian religious sensibilities, symbols and sacred
things, dialogue and coexistence will be deficient. As a friend
of Salik’s from the past thirty years, I am happy to learn of
all of his initiatives and would consider it an honor to support
ZULFIQAR A. KAZMI, Ph.D.
PRESIDENT, PAKISTAN CHAPTER
UNIVERSAL PEACE FEDERATION INTER RELIGIOUS
AND INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION FOR WORLD PEACE
PAKISTAN CHAPTER USA
From Dr. Stephen Gill
Dear Mr. Julius Salik:
Mr. Julius Salik, please
accept my congratulations for arranging a conference
on world peace that is the need of the day and
should be the prime goal of every human and every
government, more than it had been ever before.
more need for peace now because of the engines of
destruction are within the easy reach of any human.
The formation of an unholy marriage between science
and fanaticism is digging a grave for harmony. The
key to the achievement of harmony and peace is at
the door of tolerance that embodies the ideology of
live and let live. By publishing some cartoons about
the prophet Mohammed, some countries have hurt the
sensibilities of Muslims. This is obviously against
the ideology of live and let live.
At the same
time, several Muslim nations, including Pakistan,
have hurt and are still hurting the
sensibilities of minorities, particularly Christians
and Jews, through writing and illustrations. One can
go to any book store in Pakistan and buy books
against minorities based on misinformations. This is
also against the ideology of live and let live.
structure of live and let live is based on
tolerance. God himself is the supreme example of
tolerance. Tolerance is not suffering or weakness.
It is not even surrender to an unpleasant situation.
It is not fortitude and physical endurance either.
Tolerance is rather calmness and stability– it is
the understanding of the fact that a singular unit
can never be complete and self-sufficient because
every unit depends on other units for survival.
Moreover, diversity is attractive and a valuable
asset for any nation.
It is very
encouraging that the United Nations has proved its
interest in the spirit of tolerance through several
means. I am happy to note that your conference will
present a memorandum to the United Nations,
requesting to have a seat for a delegate from
minorities. It is an adorable step toward the right
direction. I always believed that the establishment
of a strong United Religions Organization, along the
lines of the United Nations, would also be an
adorable step toward right direction.
congratulation you Mr. Julius Salik and your
executive for organizing this worthwhile gathering
of the lovers of peace. I am sure the gathering is
going to be exceedingly productive. I wish you all
From Zahid Shahab Ahmed
Dear Mr. J.Salik,
With due deference, it is to inform you that I am a scholar (Master’s in in Peace Education )at The United Nation University for Peace, Costa Rica www.upeace.org).
And, I opted for studies in peace education after conducting a comprehensive field research “teachers’ attitudes and practices towards Indo/ I conflict” in India and Pakistan. The study was an out come of the project proposal put forward obtain a conflict Transformation Award-2005 from The Foundation for Universal Responsibility of I Holiness The Dalai Lama, India (www.furhhdl.org).
What is a peace education? Peace is not just a society without weapons or just absence of war, peace something much beyond that; an environment to enjoy the highest level of inner peace. This notion inner peace demands a holistic model of education in all societies; an education, which will advocate the rights of all members of this global village. Nevertheless, societies; also have to believe on issues I justice, law and order. However, education is an important tool to achieve that stage in the society when the inner peace will be justified, for all its inhabitants. This approach of education is know as “peace education”, which will be addressing all existing concerns of positive and negative peace in the society peace education if defined as “an education for transforming consciousness and worldview toward culture of peace and nonviolence; rests on developing a critical understanding of root causes of conflict and violence and to build a peaceful self and world ;takes place across all modes (formal ,non-form informal) and levels, relying on participatory ,creative, and critical pedagogies.
It is to inform you that I will be coming back to Pakistan ,after graduating in August 2006. And after time I would love to work for this conference and contribute through my peace education knowledge. Please consider me for this event and let me know what I can do for your endeavors. My CV is attached for you perusal.
Zahid Shahahb Ahmed
M.A Peace Education Candidate
Dean For Academic
University of Peace USA.
From Dr Ashraf Choudhary
I have just
read your webpage about setting up the World
Minorities Alliance Assembly and holding of a peace
conference this year in Islamabad.
delighted with this initiative as such an initiative
is essential to bring peace and harmony particularly
for minorities living in any country.
I am not
sure if you are aware that I am Member of Parliament
of New Zealand (I am the first Muslim and Person of
Pakistan / Indian origin to become member of
Parliament of NZ) for last number of years and am
keenly involved in the interfaith dialogue both
Zealand and in the South East Asian and Pacific
region. Over last two Regional Interfaith dialogue
meeting; and our Prime Minister are recently in the
Philippines .Our Lab our Party government, of which
I am member, and our next conference is in New
Zealand next year and we are expecting about 200
delegates to participate from the 15 member
countries in the region.
enclosing my membership From. Let me know when you
are having the conf. in Islamabad as I would be keen
to attend this if circumstance allow me to do so.
Dr Muhammad Ahsan
Thought for the World Minority
This is with reference to the establishment of World
Minority Alliance. I would like to say that I pray to
God for peace and security in the world so that the
dream of human development and dignity may be
materialised through the process of promotion of
objectives of World Minority Alliance. May humankind be
able to see a world different from the present one; free
from religio-racial discrimination, human-deprivation,
human-insecurity, isolation, illiteracy, injustice,
hunger, aggression, wars and violence. And, may
religion, diversity and culture be used to promote
peace, prosperity and pluralism rather than intolerance
Dr Muhammad Ahsan
FRSA, Research Consultant, UK
Dr Ishtiaq Ahmed
I am truly delighted to learn that you have established
a World Minority Alliance Assembly. It was long overdue.
There are minorities all over the world and many of
them they are marginalized and ignored. In some
countries they are subjected to persecution through
formal discriminatory laws and even constitutional
provisions, while elsewhere they are the victims of
social stigma deriving from cultural prejudices. I have
always believed that minorities should enjoy religious
freedom and should be helped to preserve their distinct
identity, but simultaneously they should be integrated
into the universal and inclusive category of citizens
with equal rights. Moreover, even affirmative action is
justified to help historically disadvantaged groups to
enter public life on equal footing with mainstream
It is imperative that the new body that you have
established does not confine its activities only to the
rights of religious or sectarian minorities; it is
important to include also ethnic and linguistic
minorities that are discriminated or persecuted. The UN
is the best place to raise a voice against
discrimination and persecution of minorities. By
networking globally one can give a voice to minorities.
I wish you great success with your initiative and you
can count on my support in this endeavour.
Dr Ishtiaq Ahmed
Department of Political Science
Syed Yousuf Gilani
Dear Mr. Julius Salik,
Mr. Julius Salik, please accept my congratulations for
arranging a world minorities conference on world peace.
I am delighted with this initiative as such an
initiative is essential to bring peace and harmony
particularly for minorities living in any country.
I am member of Drammen city council representing the
labour party in Norway and head of the immigration
council in Drammen. I am also member of United Nations
associations. I have been active in politics for 12
year. When I read about the World Minorities conference
in Pakistan, which you have taken the first step for I
was really glad. It is an adorable step toward the right
direction. There are minorities all over the world and I
think they are facing the same challenges: citizens with
This is with the reference to the establishment of World
Minority Alliance. I pray to God for peace and security
in the world.
I would love to work for this conference and contribute
through my knowledge. I wish you success with your
initiative. Please consider me for this event and let me
know what I can do for your endeavours.
With best regards
Syed Yousuf Gilani
Member of Drammen
Labour Party in Norway and head of the
Immigration Council in Drammen
Mohammad A. Toor
Dear Mr. J. Salik: Thanks for the
campaign initiated by yourself with the help of the
supporters. Pakistan became a reality as the Congress
leadership did not wish to give Equal Rights
Proportionate to the minority in percentage to the
majority. This intransigence lead to the dream of
Pakistan becoming reality. Minorities world over need to
be made aware the focus you have been promoting, to
empower the minority full & proportionate participation.
That could assure peace & harmony.
MOHAMMAD A. TOOR
Message from Liaquat Ali
During my visit to Pakistan last month I
was invited, with Lord Nazir Ahmed, to meet Julius
Salik. I was very impressed with his work and what he is
doing for the minorities in the rest of the world and
for the Minority Alliance. I would like to offer my
support for the work done by Julius Salik through World
Minorities Alliance. I am very pleased that he is trying
to get a special seat reserved in the United Nations to
represent minorities all over the world. I fully support
Julius in this matter and hope that he will achieve his
goal in the near future.
Town Mayor of
Melanie Morgan Secretary to the Mayor of High Wycombe