Interfaith dialogue goes beyong political crisis

by Ali Khan on Wednesday, 21 November 2007 6094 hits Comments
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Living freely in Taiwan
Pakistan holds a critical position in the international scene and does not have diplomatic relations with many countries. On one hand, the economy and the education system are not well developed, and the infrastructures are poor. On the other hand, Pakistan faces the negative repercussions following September 11th. This situation fails to give the Pakistanis stability in their lives to build their future in the country. “Most educated people grab any opportunity to go abroad”, Ali said. As they do not see any chance for the political power to become more open in the near future, they need to focus on their own lives, he explained. “I was lucky enough to have a friend in Taiwan who found me a job as a trading manager. Because Pakistan does not have any diplomatic relations with Taiwan, it makes it very difficult to find work opportunities. I needed a letter of invitation from the company, and to get a visa in Hong-Kong”. It is important for Ali to work in another Asian country, because he thinks that increasing economic ties between Asian countries can become a Regional help for Pakistan. “Taiwan gives me the chance to live a free life, which I consider is the most precious gift my Asian cousins could offer me.” Indeed, the political difficulties in Pakistan affect people’s lives. They cannot live a comfortable life, neither find good jobs”.
Religious interfaith dialogue can overcome cultural differences
Pakistanis can build special connections with other Asians on the cultural side because of the Pakistan diplomatic relations problems. Politically and economically, we feel excluded from international cooperation programs. Ali said, “I think religions can unite nations, and go beyond political crisis”. Religions are deeply rooted in Asian cultures. 97% of Pakistanis are Muslims, and through Islam for instance, people can assimilate culturally with other Asian Muslim countries like Indonesia or Malaysia. In this sense, he thinks religion can increase common understanding between Asians, and can help to understand each other better. Reading the Koran is part of their education and sets their cultural boundaries. However, he said it also teaches them that they all are Brothers. “If you believe in the same things, it makes it easier to communicate with each other”. It also teaches them to open their minds to other religions. “I believe I can learn from Buddhists and through interface dialogue, we can find links between our different cultures”, Ali said. In this sense, with increased communication between Asians, we can build multi-cultural ties in Asia and set the possibility to build cooperation.
Economic relations in Asia give a chance for Pakistan to develop
“I feel Asian”, Ali said. “We share a territory with other Asians and cultural ties with Asian countries, especially the ones close to us”. Pakistan and India used to be one big and strong power in West Asia, before they parted in 1947. In this sense, Indians and Pakistanis are not different. “I wished there would be less tension between these two countries to build more cooperation”. However, the bigger scale of Asia offers other opportunities of cooperation for Pakistan. Ali said that recently China’s investments became a crucial need for Pakistan to develop its economy. “Above the tensions between the big powers of India and China, Pakistanis rely on these economic ties, so we have a positive view upon China-Pakistan exchanges”. Ali thinks that more economic cooperation between Asian countries, set within the economic structure of an organization, could be a serious help for countries in critical situations like Pakistan. “The last few years, Pakistan made improvements; there is a better access to education for instance. Hopefully, the growing level of education of the population will raise the sense of personal responsibility. I hope the ones who have a chance to travel, like me, will be more concerned to apply what they have seen abroad when they are back in Pakistan”.
What do you wish for the future of Asia?
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“I hope people will communicate more with their Asian cousins. I believe communication is a crucial step forward to build links between Asians, and can be more easily achieved within an Asian community. I wish all Asians could sit and discuss their differences, without barriers. It is really important for Pakistanis to create friendships in the world, because we need to give a better image of our country. It is our responsibility when we travel. According to the current political situation in Pakistan, I think we can contribute more by living abroad. We must learn to trust and love each other, like in a big Asian family. These are the basics of a successful cooperation. I hope the construction of a more united Asia will also play a role to help Pakistanis to improve the situation in their country”.
Reporter:
Aurelie Kernaleguen
Living freely in Taiwan
[dropcap cap="P"]akistan holds a critical position in the international scene and does not have diplomatic relations with many countries. On one hand, the economy and the education system are not well developed, and the infrastructures are poor. On the other hand, Pakistan faces the negative repercussions following September 11th. This situation fails to give the Pakistanis stability in their lives to build their future in the country. “Most educated people grab any opportunity to go abroad”, Ali said. As they do not see any chance for the political power to become more open in the near future, they need to focus on their own lives, he explained. “I was lucky enough to have a friend in Taiwan who found me a job as a trading manager. Because Pakistan does not have any diplomatic relations with Taiwan, it makes it very difficult to find work opportunities. I needed a letter of invitation from the company, and to get a visa in Hong-Kong”. It is important for Ali to work in another Asian country, because he thinks that increasing economic ties between Asian countries can become a Regional help for Pakistan. “Taiwan gives me the chance to live a free life, which I consider is the most precious gift my Asian cousins could offer me.” Indeed, the political difficulties in Pakistan affect people’s lives. They cannot live a comfortable life, neither find good jobs”.[/dropcap]
Religious interfaith dialogue can overcome cultural differences
[dropcap cap="P"]akistanis can build special connections with other Asians on the cultural side because of the Pakistan diplomatic relations problems. Politically and economically, we feel excluded from international cooperation programs. Ali said, “I think religions can unite nations, and go beyond political crisis”. Religions are deeply rooted in Asian cultures. 97% of Pakistanis are Muslims, and through Islam for instance, people can assimilate culturally with other Asian Muslim countries like Indonesia or Malaysia. In this sense, he thinks religion can increase common understanding between Asians, and can help to understand each other better. Reading the Koran is part of their education and sets their cultural boundaries. However, he said it also teaches them that they all are Brothers. “If you believe in the same things, it makes it easier to communicate with each other”. It also teaches them to open their minds to other religions. “I believe I can learn from Buddhists and through interface dialogue, we can find links between our different cultures”, Ali said. In this sense, with increased communication between Asians, we can build multi-cultural ties in Asia and set the possibility to build cooperation.[/dropcap]
Economic relations in Asia give a chance for Pakistan to develop

[dropcap cap="I"] feel Asian”, Ali said. “We share a territory with other Asians and cultural ties with Asian countries, especially the ones close to us”. Pakistan and India used to be one big and strong power in West Asia, before they parted in 1947. In this sense, Indians and Pakistanis are not different. “I wished there would be less tension between these two countries to build more cooperation”. However, the bigger scale of Asia offers other opportunities of cooperation for Pakistan. Ali said that recently China’s investments became a crucial need for Pakistan to develop its economy. “Above the tensions between the big powers of India and China, Pakistanis rely on these economic ties, so we have a positive view upon China-Pakistan exchanges”. Ali thinks that more economic cooperation between Asian countries, set within the economic structure of an organization, could be a serious help for countries in critical situations like Pakistan. “The last few years, Pakistan made improvements; there is a better access to education for instance. Hopefully, the growing level of education of the population will raise the sense of personal responsibility. I hope the ones who have a chance to travel, like me, will be more concerned to apply what they have seen abroad when they are back in Pakistan”.[/dropcap] [inset side="right" title="Ali Khan"] is a 33 year old Pakistani working in a Taiwanese online trading company in Taipei, for seven months. He comes from Karachi, the biggest city in Pakistan.[/inset]What do you wish for the future of Asia?[dropcap cap="I"] hope people will communicate more with their Asian cousins. I believe communication is a crucial step forward to build links between Asians, and can be more easily achieved within an Asian community. I wish all Asians could sit and discuss their differences, without barriers. It is really important for Pakistanis to create friendships in the world, because we need to give a better image of our country. It is our responsibility when we travel. According to the current political situation in Pakistan, I think we can contribute more by living abroad. We must learn to trust and love each other, like in a big Asian family. These are the basics of a successful cooperation. I hope the construction of a more united Asia will also play a role to help Pakistanis to improve the situation in their country”.[/dropcap]

Interview conducted and edited by Aurelie Kernaleguen - Photo by Liang Zhun (© eRenlai)
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