The founder of Minhaj Welfare Foundation, Dr Muhammad Tahir ul Qadri told the audience at the annual meeting in Davos that terrorism has adversely impacted the economies of the developing and developed countries. Hence the urgent need of eradicating poverty around the world.
Speaking at the World Economic Forum 2011 in Davos, one of the most prestigious stage for World and business leaders, Dr Muhammad Tahir ul Qadri deeply explored the ‘Reality of Terrorism’. Dr Qadri was joined by former cricketer turned politician Imran Khan, Palaniappan Chidambaram, Minister of Home Affairs of India, Audrey Kurth Cronin, Professor of Strategy, US National War College, USA; Global Agenda Council on Terrorism and Bruno Tertrais, Senior Research Fellow, Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique (FRS), France; Global Agenda Council on Weapons of Mass Destruction.
Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri spoke about the international situation and the increase of global terrorism after 9/11 and presented solutions on tackling the issue. Discussing the solutions, he explained that terrorist groups exploit the political situations of Palestine, Afghanistan, Iraq as well as Pakistan and India. Dr Qadri said that these international disputes and political situations must be resolved in order to tackle international terrorism effectively.
He elaborated the importance of promoting educational programmes on peace and harmony in schools, colleges, universities and among the general public as well as among the clerics (Ulema). He said that programmes to enhance conflict resolution skills should be introduced in order to effectively resolve regional and national conflicts.
Dr Qadri told the audience that he recently issued a 600-page Fatwa (judgment) which completely dismantles Al-Qaida violent ideology by setting out a point by point theological rebuttal of every argument used by organisations to recruit new members. The fatwa gained international awareness which resulted in workshops taking place in universities, colleges across Europe and North America in how to tackle terrorism and its root problems.
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Notes to Editors
1. Dr Muhammad Tahir ul Qadri: A religious scholar from Pakistan, founder of the international organisation Minhaj ul Quran and founder of Minhaj Welfare Foundation: Dr Muhammad Tahir ul Qadri founded Minhaj Welfare Foundation, a Worldwide Humanitarian Development Organisation in 1989, with its headquarters in London, UK. It has sub branches in over 80 countries in Africa, Asia, Middle East and Europe. He has authored several thousand books on various sciences in Arabic, Urdu and English. He regularly appears on various satellite television channels promoting religious cohesion. He has appeared as a expert guest on BBC, CNN and Al-Jazeera.
2. Minhaj Welfare Foundation has set up numerous educational, health and welfare related projects. MWF is considered to be one of the largest NGO’s in the world with over 600 educational institutes including 571 Primary & Secondary schools, 40 IT Colleges and one university in Pakistan alone.