Asif Ali Zardari calls for tolerance and a watchful eye on sectarianism on Ashura

ISLAMABAD, November 3, 2014: On the solemn occasion of Yom-i-Ashur on Tuesday the former President Asif Ali Zardari while calling for standing up to tyranny on the one hand and harmony and tolerance on the other has cautioned the people against those who were out to destroy sectarian harmony.
In a message on the occasion of 10th Muharram, the PPP Co-Chairman said that as the embodiment of nobility, courage and sacrifice, Hazrat Imama Hussain has a unique place in the history of Islam whose name will continue to inspire men and women anywhere particularly in the Muslim world.
Imam Hussain stands at the apex of those who have blazed the path of truth and righteousness with their blood, he said adding also “it is hard to find a parallel example of supreme sacrifice in the annals of history”.
An important lesson of Hazrat Imam Hussain (May Allah be pleased with Him)’s martyrdom is that oppression, tyranny, and falsehood must be resisted at all costs, he said.
Hazrat Imam Husain stood up to falsehood and tyranny and bequeathed a lesson to us to resist, for the cause of truth and justice, oppression and tyranny in whatever form it may rear its head.
He said tyranny and oppression manifests itself in different forms at different times.
The militants and extremists seeking to force their own bigoted views on innocent and unarmed people is also a tyranny that must be resisted, he said.
On this ‘Yum Ashur’ while paying homage to Hazrat Imam Hussain and the martyrs of Karbala we should also vow to resist the tyranny and oppression of zealots and extremists, he said.
The need for learning a lesson from the martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hussain is greater today than ever before.
The former President also warned the people against rising sectarianism in the country which was shaking the foundations of the nation.
Condemning the sectarian strife and disharmony in the strongest terms Mr Asif Ali Zardari asked the people to rise above sectarianism and forge unity among their ranks.

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