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Pak Muslims form human chain to show support for Christians

Last Updated: Sunday, October 13, 2013 - 17:00

Islamabad: Several Pakistani Muslims, young and old, today formed a human chain around the Our Lady of Fatima church here to show solidarity with the minority community in wake of the deadly Peshawar church bombing last month.

Holding various banner including `Hum dono ka eik khuda`, children, youngsters and others stood outside the church bearing the sun.

The church`s pastor joined the about 500 activists with ulema from the Shia and Sunni sects.

"We have to show our support to the Christians. We cannot let Hakimullah Mehsud and the TTP define what we are. They are bringing a bad name to Islam and Pakistan," said Mohammad Jibran Nasir, the person behind the initiative.

Just 26-year-old, Nasir through his organisation Pakistan For All` has formed human chains at St Patrick`s Cathedral in Karachi and St Anthony`s Church in Lahore.

He now wants to hold it at the All Saints Church in Peshawar where twin suicide bombers killed over 80 people last month.

"We have to show that all houses of God are sacred. Those praying inside are human," Nasir told PTI.

He said that like most people around him, he was shocked, disgusted and angry at the Peshawar incident.

"The tragedy came at a time when people were reaching out to God, sharing fears, worries, emotions and secrets. Just to imagine that one cannot even have this personal time with God Almighty anymore is disturbing.

"The first thought that came to my mind was that a vigil should be held to pay respect to the departed. Hence I decided to initiate it," he had earlier written on his blog.

Naureen Masih, a Christian, said, "It is nice to know that Muslims support us".

Nasir, who came back from UK after his law degree three years back, is a paracticing lawyer based in Karachi.

He had fought the May 11 general elections as an independent candidate.

"I spoke against hate speech, regularising the clergies in Pakistan, bringing personal marriage laws for Hindus and Christians among others. I had nothing to lose and I spoke about issues that I believed in," he said.
Though he didn’t win the elections, he managed to attract a lot of people.
Amna, a young mother of two, said, "We need people like him to come forward and become leaders. Only then will Pakistan change".

First Published: Sunday, October 13, 2013 - 17:00

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