Sardar Masood Khan, President Azad Jammu and Kashmir, has said that our country has its foundations based on Islamic ideology, in which a conducive environment will be made in order to promote an Islamic system of governance and justice.
The President made these remarks as the Chief Guest at the 97th Session of the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII), AJK, organized at the Supreme Court Complex here in Muzaffarabad. Chairman CII, AJK, Justice Ibrahim Zia; Nazeer Gilani, Secretary Religious Affairs; Molana Obaidullah Farooqi, Chairman Ulema and Mashaikh Council AJK along with the other CII members were present at the meeting.
The President said that our salvation lies in promoting the teachings of Islam and our state was established on the very concept of an Islamic welfare state. He said that the religion of Islam is a complete system of governance, social and economic equity.
President AJK said that the CII is an important in advising the AJK Government, its Legislative Assembly on pertinent issues, ensuring they conform to Islamic injunctions. He said that the Holy Quran, Ahadith and the teachings of the Prophet (PBUH) have shown us the way to successfully lead our individual lives and also prescribed a system of governance which is both inclusive and just.
The President emphasised the need to establish a welfare state by adopting the economic system which will help promote economic and social justice, provision of basic necessities and the fair distribution of resources. “The system of Zakat and its equitable distribution will help ensure prosperity and the welfare of our citizens”, said the President.
President Masood Khan on the occasion also commended the CII towards forming a National Coordination Council aimed at promoting inter-sect harmony by uniting the Scholars and Ulema of various schools of thought. He also congratulated the outgoing members of the CII for successfully completing their respective tenures.
In the end, the CII also submitted its 5-year report to the President. President AJK also presented the outgoing members with shields honouring their service.