Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday inaugurated the academic blocks at Al-Qadir University (AQUPT) Sohawa, Jhelum.
While addressing on occasion he stressed reviving the culture of the glorious Muslim era where religion and science did not come into conflict, and that also emphasized the ‘Ijtihad’ (reasoning) to find solutions to the emerging challenges. The prime minister said a strong faith and moral character was a blessing of the Almighty that guided a person to choose the righteous path.
He said today’s youth was facing confusion in the era of social media that provided unhindered access to western culture. However, he said, that since restrictions could not be imposed on the flow of information, it was important to give “informed choices” to youth by telling them about right and wrong.
To any future incident of blasphemy against the Prophet (PBUH) committed in the world, he said he would encourage the nation to rather demonstrate an “intellectual and reasoned response”. He regretted that calling someone Kaafir (infidel) on the difference of opinion on religious beliefs was a dangerous trend, that needed to be shunned through intellectual debates.
The prime minister mentioned that his government introduced the singular national curriculum to end the unjustified three parallel education systems, i.e., English medium, Urdu medium and madrassas, that was resulting in creation of ideologically different streams of youth in the society. He said the objective for the establishment of Rehmatul lil Alameen Authority by the government was to promote the message of Islam in a manner that could be understandable to a common man.
He expressed satisfaction over the pace of Al Qadir University in carrying out academic work in a short span and emphasized conducting research on the golden era of Muslims where its leaders, scholars, and scientists ruled the world. PM focuses on ‘moral renaissance’, culture of ‘Ijtihad’ to settle emerging challenges
Imran Khan said universities had a great role to play in this regard and expressed confidence that Al-Qadir University Jhelum would revive the norms of research and healthy debates. He mentioned that Iqbal’s concept of ‘Shaheen’ (falcon) related to a determined nation with the courage to break the shackles of mental slavery to attain progress.
Khan said he wanted the nation to attain a “moral renaissance” and raise leaders from within having a high moral character in line with the Seerat of the Prophet (PBUH). He said the work on the Prime Minister House university was about to start after necessary formalities were carried out in the last three-and-a-half years, which he said would turn into a top technological institute.
Later, the prime minister took rounds of different academic blocks of the university and interacted with the faculty.