Pakistan: Global Halal Congress to be held today

Islamabad—As many as 25 world renowned and eminent scholars, scientist and experts from 17 countries are participating in the first ever Global Halal Congress (GHC) scheduled to be held on December 4, Karachi.

The primary and main objective of this Council is to highlight the importance of every kind of Halal items and create awareness about it throughout the world and in non-muslim countries particularly. The holding of GHC by HDC would help in introducing Pakistan as the Halal Hub of the region and the concept of “Halal Pakistan” brand in the world. The other major programme of HDC is to increase its exports for our Muslim brethren living in America, Africa, Australia and Europe.

The Grand Mufti of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Dr Mustafa Ceric will be chief guest and also deliver a lecture on Halal economy whereas Speaker National Assembly, Dr. Fahmida Mirza will preside over the morning inaugural session and Federal Minister for Livestock, Mr. H Aziz Kurd would be special guest of honour on the occasion to give a key note address. Federal Minister for Industries and Production, Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani would be the chief guest of the concluding session of the moot.

The Congress would be held in three specialized streams. The First stream would be focused on Halal food, Second stream on Halal non-food (Halal Cosmetics & Pharma) and Third stream would discuss Halal services sector (Islamic Banking, Finance & Halal Tourism).

Malaysian State Minister of Trade, Religious Affairs and Consumer Affairs, Haji Abdul Malik Kassim would also deliver a lecture in the inaugural session along with the Director General, Halal World, ICRIC, Dr Abdol Hossein Fakhari and Chief Executive, Trade Development Authority of Pakistan, Tariq Iqbal Puri, the co-organizer of the Halal Congress, would be the keynote speakers.

Karachi —Halal food movement has the strength to lead Muslims to rule the global economy as the food is the basic need of every human being, said Dr. Mustufa Ceric Grand Mufti Bosnia and Herzegovina while addressing the delegates of global Halal Congress at Islamic Chambers of Commerce and Industry here today.

Global Halal Congress scheduled on December 4 in Karachi which is being attended by delegates from 17 countries can be a break through for Pakistani exporters as the congress has the agenda of institutionalize the Halal certification and standardization of Halal products in Pakistan. Speaking on the occasion Grand Mufti of Bosnia and Herzegovina, who is also the Grand Mufti of Sanjak, Croatia and Slovenia said that people of his country love Pakistan and hold this in a high esteem on its role during ethnic cleansing and insurgency. Their love for Pakistan is reflected in the fact that mosques in Bosnia and Herzegovina made collections as a relief fund for the flood hit people in Pakistan. The amount collected was the biggest in the history of Bosnia he disclosed. The grand Mufti who declined to quantify the collection said that it was submitted to the authorities when arrived Pakistan this morning. Elaborating his point of view regarding potential of global Halal market, the grand mufti said that since food is the basic need of every human being the Muslim Ummah should focus on developing strong base of food production which he said would left other technologies used by the West as a source of economic prosperity.

Commenting on the state of Muslim Ummah, the grand mufti remarked that out of the total refugees in the world over 70 percents are Muslims rendered shelter less due disturbances sparked in their homelands yet the irony is that the Muslims are labeled as the terrorists. Mufti Saheb in a lighter mood said something very serious that Muslims of the world love each other yet they do not respect each other which is the major cause of unity and strength among themselves.