PM received Grand Mufti of Egypt Dr. Shawki Ibrahim Abdel-Karim Allam at Prime Minister’s Office

March 22, 2018

Islamabad, 22 March 2018:

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi today received Grand Mufti of Egypt Dr. Shawki Ibrahim Abdel-Karim Allam at Prime Minister’s Office. Sardar Muhammad Yousaf, Minister for Religious Affairs and Inter-faith Harmony, Pir Muhammad Amin-ul-Hasnat Shah, Minister of State for Religious Affairs, Mr. Ahmed Mohammad Fadel Yacouba, Ambassador of Egypt were present during the meeting.
Welcoming the Grand Mufti of Egypt to Pakistan, the Prime Minister said that his visit would provide momentum to the efforts aimed at further strengthening of Pakistan-Egypt bilateral relations and expanding mutual cooperation in all areas of mutual interest. He said that Pakistan and Egypt faced similar challenges including the issue of terrorism. He said that the visit of the Grand Mufti and his endorsement of Fatwa against terrorism, pronounced by over 1800 Pakistani Ulemas of all sects, would further complement efforts to fight war against extremist mindset.
The Prime Minister also lauded the intellectual and educational contributions of Jamia Al-Azhar stating that “it has been a voice of moderation in the Islamic World”.
The Prime Minister emphasized upon the need for greater engagements at all levels including exchange of students and religious leaders between the two countries for strengthening of mutual cooperation and exchange of knowledge and expertise.
Dr. Shawki Ibrahim Abdel-Karim Allam thanked the Prime Minister for warm welcome and hospitality extended to him by the Government of Pakistan during his visit. He also appreciated the Government for “Paigham-e-Pakistan” initiative and holding of international conference on promotion of religious tolerance which he said would send a strong message regarding Pakistan’s sincere efforts to fight the menace of terrorism. He also conveyed greetings on behalf of his Government and the people of Egypt to the Government and people of Pakistan.

The Prime Minister said that in recognition of his  meritorious services for the Islamic cause, the Government of Pakistan has decided to confer Hilal-i-Quaid-i-Azam Award on Dr. Shawki Ibrahim Abdel-Karim Allam.