March 05, 2014 NAQI ZAFAR (KARACHI)
Excerpt: Speaking to both houses of Canada’s parliament, the Aga Khan said tensions between the two denominations “have increased massively in scope and intensity recently and have been further exacerbated by external interventions.”
No doubt, his remarks have provided food for thought or something that warrants serious consideration. ‘The Troubles’ originally took place in Northern Ireland and later spilled over at various times into the Republic of Ireland, England, and mainland Europe. The conflict was primarily a political one, but it had an ethnic or sectarian dimension. Many, however, argue that the conflict was not truly a matter of religious – it was a matter of social class. The Muslim world, particularly Pakistan, Iran, Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia, must draw a valuable lesson from the Aga Khan’s address at the Canadian parliament.