Pakistan Muslims form human chain to protect Christians

The human chain tribute around St Anthony’s Church on Oct 6 in Lahore came just a fortnight after twin suicide attacks on All Saints church after a Sunday Mass killed 100 people.

Last Updated: Oct 09, 2013, 14:43 PM IST

Zee Media Bureau

Islamabad: In a rare show of inter-religion camaraderie in Pakistan, over 200-300 people, both Muslims and Christians joined hand-in-hand to form a human chain during a Sunday mass, around a Lahore church after , paying tribute to the victims of Peshawar church attack that killed 100.

The human chain tribute around St Anthony’s Church on Oct 6 in Lahore came just a fortnight after twin suicide attacks on All Saints church after a Sunday Mass killed 100 people.

The human chain tribute for the country’s christians was organised by a citizen group "Pakistan for All” which works to promote awareness about minorities’ rights.

The group had organised a similar show in Karachi last week outside St Patrick’s Cathedral.

"Well the terrorists showed us what they do on Sundays. Here we are showing them what we do on Sundays. We unite," Pakistan for All organizer, Mohammad Jibran Nasir told a Pakistani newspaper, The Express Tribune.

Nasir also urged Pkaistani politicians to join the solidarity efforts saying, "I see no reason why our politicians and our leaders should not come out of their houses, leave the luxury of their secure homes and stand in solidarity with the common man”.
Christians account for a mere 4 percent of the country`s 180 million population and are vulnerable to bombings, assassinations and blasphemy laws.