According to the university’s public relations report, by endeavor of the deputy of communications and international affairs of the Religions and Denominations University, the international congress of scientific-cultural conversations between Iran and Pakistan (opportunities and capacities) with the presence of Hojjat ul-Islam wal Muslimeen Seyyed Abul Hassan Nawab, the author and founder of the Religions and Denominations University and Dr. Mukhtar Ahmad, Chairman of the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan and a group of presidents of universities in Pakistan and Iran were held.
While welcoming the audience, the founder of the Religions and Denominations University said: It has not been a year since I was in Pakistan, and today I am meeting with my Pakistani friends in Iran at the Religions and Denominations University. I have had a lot of kindness and affection for my Pakistani friends and I consider Pakistan as our friend and brother country. Pakistan is the first Islamic Republic in the world and the biggest and best neighbor for Iran.
Hojjat ul-Islam wal-Muslimeen Seyyed Abul Hassan Nawab said: Considering the existing capacities Iran and Pakistan relations have not been reached to the develop level of the scientific and cultural level in a special way yet. For this reason, the existing relations should be improved a hundredfold and measures such as the creation of joint publications and magazines should be considered. Our wish is to increase the level of relations to 100 times the current level.
He continued: The rope of kindness and the root of cooperation between us and the Pakistani nation is so strong and as tight as the storm of events will not affect our good relations and I am proud of you friends that are present in this meeting and in the Religions and Denominations University, which is your own university. you have. In my opinion, Pakistan is the most important country in the Islamic world for ten reasons. I have a conversation and I gave this speech in front of Qazi Hussain and all the leaders of Pakistan and I stated these ten reasons. My first reason is that Pakistan has the largest number of Muslims in the world in one country. Someone says that Indonesia is the largest Islamic country. You should know that 10% of people in Indonesia are Christians and Pakistan has the most Muslims.
The founder of the Religions and Denominations University said: The second reason is that Pakistan be in a sensitive area and located in West of Asia. The third reason is that Pakistanis have spread and migrated all over the world. You will definitely see Pakistani employees in the world or international bank or international organizations. Even in the United Nations, Pakistani employees are present. Mahathir Mohammad was asked how your economy grew. He said that when General Musharraf, the president of Pakistan on that time, expelled Pakistani intellectuals from the country, I attracted them and my economy grew.
He continued: Fourth reason, you are the first Islamic Republic in the world and Iran is the second Islamic Republic. Fifth, your country was created in the name of Islam. Your independence from India was for Islam. This is why the word Pakistan was chosen for the country. Sixth, you have the largest number of clergyman in the Islamic world. Seventh, you have the largest number of students in the Islamic world. Only one of your universities that invited us, Iqbal Open University, has 1,800,000 students.
The founder of the Religions and Denominations University continued: Eighth, you were and are undisputed supporters of Islamic movements. You stood by the oppressed people of Afghanistan with all your heart. I was present in Peshawar once when it was like a barracks. Pakistani soldiers were sent to Afghanistan from all over to confront the Soviet Union. I have seen these up close. The ninth reason is that, from the beginning of the Iranian revolution, Pakistan was with our country and there was no threat or disturbance to our country.
At the end Hojjat ul-Islam wal-Muslimin Seyyed Abul Hassan Nawab added: The most important and tenth reason is that Pakistanis are the most religious Muslim people in the world. This is said by someone who has traveled 700 times abroad and is familiar with different countries and has visited most of the Islamic countries several times. Also, Pakistanis in most parts of the world should be besieged for the liberation of Gaza. Because Imam Khomeini (pu) said 60 years ago that the most important issue of the Islamic world is Palestine, and the United States is the main obstacle to the freedom of Palestine, and today you are witnessing the same issue, and the Islamic world should solve this issue by cooperating and accompanying each other.
In the continuation of this conference, Dr. Mukhtar Ahmad, the head of the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan, while expressing his satisfaction at attending the Religions and Denominations University, said: I am grateful to you and I am happy to be present here, and we were able to visit some scientific centers such as the Religions and Denominations University. I thank Mr. Nawab that our trip was the result of his visit to Pakistan. During these five days in Iran, I did not feel strange and found Iran as our own country.
He continued: As my dear brother Mr. Nawab said, our relations are so strong that current events will not affect our relations. The basis and foundation of our strong relations are a few things in common, God, the Book, religion and the Prophet, and this basis is so strong that cannot be broken by events.
The head of the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan said: In addition to the religious commonalities that exist between us, one of the other points of interest for us is the issue of neighborliness, as this issue is emphasized in religion, and there are special rights for the neighbor, which, we did and we do thanks god.
He added: The path that my dear brother Mr. Nawab has opened for the expansion of scientific cooperation between the universities of Iran and Pakistan was a need that was felt and we should do our best for scientific cooperation. My delegation and I are confident about the positive results of this trip. Because all scientific centers of Iran were with us and we have signed many scientific memorandums.
Dr. Mukhtar Ahmad continued: Unfortunately, in the last few days as you aware, some incidents happened in our border areas, I believe that is a conspiracy of our common enemies, and God willing, we will get through this situation safely. Whenever a great work is decided to be done, such unpleasant events will happen to prevent it, but we will get through it and our great purpose will not be affected.
He added: We have a duty to solve the issues and problems facing our nations in the field of education and technology by using the power of professors and scientists, and we can make a better life for our people. As I said, we have many points in common. Islam, common language root, civilizational root and other things that all these common points are our pride and we should train our youth for these common points and ask our researchers to lead the youth towards science and progress.
In the end, the head of Pakistan’s Higher Education Commission added: “In the world, things happen to Muslims, such as the incidents in Gaza, Kashmir and Afghanistan. The solution of these problems is to achieve economic, scientific and technological power so that the world has to move according to our will.” While thanking for holding this congress, I request my Iranian brothers to move towards each other and try to deepen relations. Also, if I want to talk about the good things of Iran like my good friend and brother, Mr. Nawab, I will have to continue for hours, so I will postpone this to the next meetings.
It should be mentioned that in the conference, Dr. Naser Mahmood (President of Allamah Iqbal University), Dr. Niaz Ahmad Akhtar (President of Quaid-e-Azam University), Dr. Khaled Mahmood (President of Punjab University), Dr. Muhammad Alam Saeed (President of Lahore University of Education), Dr. Ahmed Adnan (President of Lahore State University), Dr. Mohammad Salim Mazhar (President of the Faculty of Oriental Studies of Punjab University) and Dr. Mohammad Rafiq Tahir (Senior Advisor of Allameh Iqbal University) and some presidents of Iranian universities were present to discuss and talk about the development of scientific-cultural cooperation between Pakistan and iranian universities.