Hectic efforts needed to turn tide of West's Islamophobia: Masood

Azad Jammu and Kashmir President Sardar Masood Khan has said that highlighting of true Islamic teachings was needed to counter the wave of Islamophobia currently sweeping across the world.
Speaking as chief guest at the annual Urs ceremony at Nairian Sharif shrine here on Monday, he urged religious scholars and spiritual figures to project real Islamic teachings, explain the concept of Oneness of Allah (Tawhid) in its true sense, and caution the Muslims about different firms of infidelity (Shirk).
He said that weak faith and different forms of infidelity which had developed in the recent past were creating dents in the unity and cohesion of the Muslim ummah.
The AJK president said that projection of Allah's Oneness in its true sense was the first and the foremost point of the teachings of saints and spiritual figures. Those having company with pious figures like religious scholars and spiritual personalities have always enjoyed the status of being friends of Allah and His Prophet (Peace be upon him).
He appealed to the pilgrims who had flocked the shrine from across the country to especially pray for the strength and stability of Pakistan, the liberation of Kashmir and development and progress of Azad Kashmir. "We believe that without a stable Pakistan, neither occupied Kashmir can be liberated nor Azad Kashmir can be put on the track of development," he added.
Sardar Masood Khan paid great homage to late Pir Ghulam Mohiyuddin Ghaznavi and Pir Alauddin Siddiqui, and lauded their services for Islam throughout their lives.
Presided over by Sajjada Nashin Nerian Sharif, Pir Sultanul Arfeen, the function was also addressed by Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Noorul Haq Qadri, former Azad Kashmir Prime Minister Sardar Attique Ahmed Khan and a number of religious scholars and spiritual figures.
Meanwhile, talking to a 20-member delegation which called on him under the leadership of President Anjuman-e-Tajiran Trarkhel, Sardar Shabbir Khan, the AJK president said that Trarkhel had historic importance, and public welfare projects here would be completed on a priority basis.
He said that work on Trarkhel-Pollundri Road was in full swing, and efforts would be made to complete it before the end of the current year.
Earlier, the delegation apprised the state president of problems of the area including establishment of Tehsil headquarters hospital, the court of additional session judge, setting up of town committee in Trarkhel, and construction of greater water supply scheme.
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