Lahore: June 19, 2017. (Sunil John) National Commission for Interreligious Dialogue and Ecumenism (Catholic Bishops Conference - Pakistan) organized an Aftar (Breaking of Fast) for the Muslim Children residing at an Islamic Seminary Bait-ul-Quran Institute, Lahore Cantt. A good number of Christian children were also present to show solidarity with the Muslim Children. The party was presided over by Fr. Francis Nadeem OFM Cap, the Executive Secretary NCIDE, whereas Mr. Anwaar-ullah-Khan was the chief guest of the ceremony.
The Principal of Bait-ul-Quran Institute, Lahore Cantt; Moulana Sayyed Mufti Ashiq Hussain cited the initiative of NCIDE to bring closer the Christian and Muslim children through this practical activity to promote Peace and harmony in Pakistan.
Fr. Francis Nadeem read out the message of the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue (Vatican City) issued for Muslim Brethren in the month of Ramadan and Eid ul Fitr. He distributed the copies of this message among the participants and expressed his prayers for the blessing during this holy month for the Muslims.
The chief guest of the ceremony, Mr.Anwaar ullah Khan appreciated this programme and said that the practical programs of this nature will bring together the Muslim and Christian children in the near future and will have a positive impact.
Gifts were distributed among all the children in connection with the forthcoming Eid. Later, all who were present participated in the Iftar Dinner.