ISLAMABAD - President Mamnoon Hussain on Monday said that Pakistan has been a leading advocate of inter-religious and inter-cultural dialogue to overcome mistrust and promote understanding and cooperation among various religions and civilisations of the world. "Pakistan will continue to further promote such initiatives," the President emphasized while addressing an Iftar dinner he hosted in the honour of ambassadors and diplomats here at the Aiwan-e-Sadr.

He said that Islam is a religion of peace and "we are strongly committed to peace, both within the country and beyond our borders."

The President highlighted that Pakistan in its quest for peace had lost many dear ones, reiterating that struggle for peace would continue till it was attained.

He said that the month of Ramazan was not an individual experience, adding that it was a time to strengthen and deepen family and communal ties as well as the bonds of association and togetherness. "Ramazan represents sacrifice, patience, tolerance, generosity, and above all peace. These are the values shared by peoples of all faiths," said the President.

The President prayed; "We may get all benefits from the moral and spiritual gifts of Ramazan and derive strength from each other to promote peace, harmony and prosperity in the world."

Ambassadors and diplomats, among others, from Afghanistan, Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Cuba, Czechoslovakia, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Libya, Maldives, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, Holland, Norway, Oman, Palestine, Philippine, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Somalia, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, Tunis, Turkey, Ukraine, Britain, USA, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Yemen attended the Iftar Dinner.

A delegation from European Union and representatives from United Nations and Cyprus also attended the Iftar Dinner.

Advisor to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz, Minister for Climate Change Mushahid Ullah Khan, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi, and Iqbal Zafar Jhagra were also present on the occasion.

PPP moves NA against load-shedding in Karachi: Pakistan People's Party (PPP) has submitted an adjournment motion in the National Assembly secretariat to discuss repeated failure, blackouts in the country particularly in Karachi, in upcoming National Assembly session. "The citizens of Karachi continue to suffer of power failure due to callous attitude of Ministry of Water and Power and failure of K-electric. What is concerning is that the NEPRA headed by prime minister has failed to hold K-electric to account," said PPP lawmakers in the motion. The motion was submitted by Dr Nafeesa Shah, Dr Azra Fazal Pechuho, Shazia Marri, Aijaz Jhakraniand and Shahida Rehmani.