PESHAWAR: Victims of the Church bombings mourn, as number of causalities continues to rise even after a month of the deadliest attack on Pakistani Christian community.
Soon after the incident, an outpouring of condemnations from the Christian community nationwide and across the globe was witnessed, more than that Muslims also joined hands with grieved Christians to denounce this atrocity.
Noticeably the world heard about it when Mohammad Jibran Nasir blogged, “I asked my Imam to condemn the Peshawar Church Blast, will you?” It started around 28th of September once he had set up a Facebook page.
Shortly on 6th of October, in excess of 300 Muslim Pakistanis assembled around St. Anthony’s Church in Lahore at the same time as prayer service was being held inside the Church. The calm protestors were carrying signs that read, “One Nation, One Blood”, “Many faiths, one God” and “No more dialogue, only action!” These people drew together expressing solidarity with the victims of the attack on All Saints Church in Peshawar claiming more than 200 lives.
Mufti Mohammad Farooq delivered a sermon; sermonizing reverence for other religions while standing in the courtyard of St. Anthony’s Church. He was later joined by Father Nasir Gulfam. The two leaders thus stood holding hands as a symbol of Christian-Muslim brotherhood forming human chain made up of Pakistani Muslims and Christians demonstrating shared aims.
Chipping in, the human chain was Mohammad Jibran Nasir, the organizer of Pakistan for All. Even so, Nasir also blogged on The Express Tribune trying to convince Pakistanis; to ask their Imams to advocate tolerance, minority rights and to condemn the attacks on the Peshawar Church.
Nasir recorded his own experience of speaking with his local Imam, “who tentatively agreed to speak out for minority rights over a couple weeks.” He writes, “It is a tough fight but it is a good fight and it has to be fought the long and hard way.”
Muhammad Jibran Nasir addressed the crowds during the Lahore gathering saying, “The terrorists showed us what they do on Sundays. Here we are showing them what we do on Sundays. We unite.”
The human chain at St. Anthony’s Church picked up momentum after the Church service ended. The service, attended by Christians and Muslims, was especially held for the victims of the September 22 attacks.
Further public joined the swarm as they moved into the streets, chanting their slogans of “One Nation, One Blood.”