Pakistani Christians seeking asylum in Thailand hold a special prayer service for the victims of terrorist strikes in Paris and Mali.
Despite looming dangers of being arrested by the Thai police, several Pakistani Christian asylum seekers expressed solidarity and empathy with the victims of Paris attacks. A delegation of seven Pakistani Christians paid visit to the French and Mali Embassies in Bangkok.
In the wake of terrorism in Mali, where gunmen stormed into a hotel and yelled “Allahu akbar” while they opened fire at the people who had gathered for breakfast. This incident left 19 foreigners dead along with Malian citizens. On the other hand, previously, terrorists launched several attacks in Paris, which claimed at least 130 lives and 368 got injured.
At this occasion, Christian Malik- official from BPCA in Bangkok, who was also taking part in this show of solidarity said, “Our hearts were moved when we heard of the Paris attacks. Despite our own daily setbacks, we felt the pain of the French and Mali people who, like us, have suffered great loss as a consequence of Islamic extremism”
While during their visit to the French Embassy in Bangkok, the security officials provided them a tight security owing to great threats to them. Pakistani Christian asylum seekers brought flowers and a card wit a message of sympathy to the French Ambassador.
Their message to the French Ambassador read: “The Pakistani Christian asylum seeker community of Thailand and British Pakistani Christian Association express our great condolences for your recent loss. The unprovoked attack on innocent communities in this fashion only serves to galvanise good humans against intolerance and hatred and we declare our solidarity with you.
‘Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” Psalm 23:4
After the Pakistani Christians presented the French Ambassador with flowers and a condolence message they lit candles in the remembrance of the victims who had lost their lives as a result of the deadly terrorist strikes in Paris.