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Mithi, an oasis of Muslim-Hindu tolerance

MITHI: Cows roam freely in the border city of Mithi, as in neighbouring India. Considered sacred animals among Hindus, they embody the religious tolerance of this community in conservative Muslim Pakistan. Here, "Muslims respect the beliefs of Hindus," said Sham Das, a 72-year-old pensioner. "They do not kill cows, or only in remote places, but not in Hindu neighbourhoods." Unlike in the rest of Pakistan, cattle in Mithi live very well. They eat as they please, often from rubbish bins, and fall asleep on the roads.…

PM calls for promoting tolerance, inter-faith harmony

LAHORE: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday said that some elements have made the religion hostage to their evil interests. The prime minister addressing a seminar at Jamia Naeemia in Lahore said this narrative should be taught to youth at educational institutions. He said there are people in our society who are facilitating evil deeds, but the state will take them to their logical end. Sharif said that Islam teaches unity, harmony and brotherhood and there is a dire need for adopting these principles for a…

Danish park designed to promote tolerance in community wins architectural award

AL AIN, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: An urban park in Denmark to promote tolerance between immigrants and local residents and a mosque in a flood-prone area of Bangladesh were among winners of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture on Monday. The $1 million prize is awarded every three years to honor architectural projects that address the needs of societies in which Muslims have a significant presence. This year's six winners also included a children's library in Beijing and a pedestrian bridge in Tehran. Superkilen, a series of…