“I am not afraid of death”, says President

President Asif Ali Zardari has said that some people are still using religion as a weapon just for their benefits and we are facing their consequences at country’s borders.

“We are harvesting crops of militancy, which was sown on name of religion”, he said this while addressing International Conference on Sufism and Peace arranged by Pakistan Academy of Letters here at the Aiwan-e-Sadr. Religious Scholars from different areas of the world participated in the moot.

“I am not afraid of death. I am waiting for my death and I have reached at Awan-e-Sadr by escaping death”, the President said.

We are followers of Islam but today there is a dire need that we should promote agenda of Sufism, the President said, adding, there is also need of religious harmony. He said Sufism has a crucial role to play in mankind’s struggle for a peaceful world.

The President said that his late spouse and chairperson Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Benazir Bhutto was his teacher and she had complete believe on Sufism.

Benazir Bhutto, the President said, had no fear of death and she knew that she would be killed by terrorists after reaching to Pakistan. People are still recalling Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto, he said.

Dictators, bureaucrats and those people who had lust of rule have always used religious as a weapon, he said, adding that, not only Islam but also Christianity and Judaic were used for politics.

Benazir Bhutto during his rule had also informed Senior Bush about world most wanted terrorist Osama Bin Laden, he said. We have thrown out a dictator after coming in to power but we could not get rid of terrorism and extremism, Zardari said.

President Zardari said extremism and militancy were a mindset, created to defeat a rival ideology in the region and the extremists were encouraged to use religion as the basis of their ideology.

We can also cope extremism and terrorism by promoting Sufism, the President maintained. The President said his late wife always knew that an assassins bullet awaited her and said, “I am not scared of death, for death is what I await.” He said he too in his capacity was trying to play a role to help the humanity.

“I am nothing more than a speck in the universe and am trying to do in my bit of that speck as it was my defined role,” he said and added that he would continue to contribute towards a better world. He urged international community to work for welfare of people. We should not discriminate between male and female, he said.

The President said unlike the teachings of any religion, it has continued to be used as a weapons of war. “Pakistan will never bow before terror and will never allow the extremists to advance their murderous agenda within the country and the region,” he added.

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