Ahsan Iqbal to launch ‘International Islamic Institute for Peace’

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ISLAMABAD: Former Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal announced that he was launching an international Islamic peace institute in his hometown Narowal to promote interfaith harmony and cooperation of civilizations.

“Last year 6 May a young man fed with hate & violent extremism tried to take my life. Allah & prayers of people saved me. I feel obligated to pay back for my new life. After many consultations, I have decided to launch “International Islamic Institute for Peace (IIIP)” project,” Ahsan Iqbal tweeted yesterday.

The IIIP, he continued, shall comprise of 3 centres, a) centre for interfaith harmony b) centre for cooperation of civilisations c) museum of our fight against extremism to showcase our sacrifices & cost of extremism.

The institute will be built Narowal with world class facilities while the phase 1 will cost cost Rs 500 million, he said.

The PML-N leader said that IIIP shall work full time to promote harmony within Pakistan by engaging opinion leaders and youth in dialogue/ research as well as present true message of Islam based on peace and harmony at global level by engaging with global thought leaders.

The former minister also urged his followers to please prayer for the success of the project.

Ahsan Iqbal miraculously survived a gun attack on his life last year during an election meeting in Narowal. He was airlifted to Lahore, where he underwent surgeries.