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Thousands of Pakistanis form human chain in image of Christchurch mosque

SAMAA | - Posted: Apr 12, 2019 | Last Updated: 12 months ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Apr 12, 2019 | Last Updated: 12 months ago
Thousands of Pakistanis form human chain in image of Christchurch mosque

Pakistanis people gather to form a human image of the Christchurch Al Noor mosque in solidarity with the mosque attack victims, in Jhang on April 12, 2019. (AFP)

Thousands of Pakistanis clad in white gathered in Jhang on Friday to make a human image of Christchurch’s Al Noor mosque, where 50 people were killed by a white supremacist four weeks ago.

Drone images showed worshippers standing in formation, their snow-white traditional shalwar kameez and prayer caps in stark contrast to the emerald green of a public field, as a second group formed the words “Islam is peace” nearby.

Huge New Zealand and Pakistani flags were also displayed along with a giant banner which read: “Solidarity with the martyrs of Christchurch from Pakistan”.

The tribute was organised by the Muslim Institute, a non-government organisation aimed at promoting peace and stability in the Muslim world, which also released the drone footage.

Brenton Tarrant, a 28-year-old Australian and self-avowed white supremacist, has been charged with 50 counts of murder and 39 of attempted murder after opening fire at the Linwood and Al Noor mosques on March 15.

Pakistanis people gather to form a human image of the Christchurch Al Noor mosque in solidarity with the mosque attack victims, in Jhang on April 12, 2019. (AFP)

Nine of the victims were of Pakistani origin. One, Naeem Rashid, was posthumously given an award for bravery by Pakistan after he apparently tried to tackle the gunman before being shot.

Tribute organisers praised the New Zealand government after what had been a “very tough time” for Muslims in the country — especially Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

Her response “not only soothed the wounds of Muslims but also assured them that Muslims in their country are safe,” Sahibzada Sultan Ahmad Ali, a religious scholar and one of the organisers, told AFP.

“We worked really hard to make this model,” one participant, Noor Hassan, told AFP of the tribute.

“It was so pleasant that we were ready to stand like this for the whole day,” he added.

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2 Comments

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      Faizan  April 13, 2019 11:33 pm/ Reply

    Yup islam is everything.

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      Human  April 14, 2019 1:14 am/ Reply

    Why only for one religion. for all human being we should have pain. Based on religion humans are divided but we are same human. Animal would be laughing ..human got brain but they do not understand basic thing and fight each other.

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