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Human ‘shield’ in support of minorities

Updated Oct 07, 2013 01:06pm


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The participants raised slogans against those killing minorities and attacking their places of worships in the country. -Photo Courtesy: Pakistan For All
The participants raised slogans against those killing minorities and attacking their places of worships in the country. -Photo Courtesy: Pakistan For All

LAHORE: Scores of Muslim men, women and children formed a human shield around St Anthony’s Church here on Sunday to stand in defiance of those who seek to harm it.

The participants of the shield which was a part of the National Day of Prayer and Resistance included members of the civil society, religious scholars and citizens.

The event was arranged by Pakistan for All that is a collective of concerned citizens outraged by the persecution of minorities in Pakistan.

The participants raised slogans against those killing minorities and attacking their places of worships in the country without any reason. The message was that Islam is a religion of peace and it teaches kindness towards others.

Another message was to show the perpetrators that Muslims in Pakistan were with minorities especially their Christian brethren. Ziad Zafar, one of the organisers said,

This is an existential fight for all Pakistanis. If we cannot protect the weakest among us, then we don't deserve to be a nation. Pakistan for All is committed to fight all those that seek to oppress our brothers and sisters. We will stand in the way of the suicide bomber.

“The animals who attacked the Christian community are not only enemies of Pakistan but are also enemies of Islam. Our Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) has clearly told us that those that oppress and kill non-Muslims who are in a pact with Islam will be taken to task on the Day of Judgment.

I urge all Muslims to go out and be part of this initiative to protect our Christian community and their places of worship,” said Dr Khalid Zaheer, a religious scholar.


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Khalid Oct 07, 2013 02:08pm

Well done people of Lahore. I salute you. Shame on every other city in Pakistan who can not stand for their fellow citizens and be counted.

Zeidoud Oct 07, 2013 03:06pm

We do almost nothing to stand up for the rights of our minorities. Reading this news, however, gave me a sense of pride towards our society that I rarely feel.

Kanishk Oct 07, 2013 04:07pm

Lovely... There is still hope in Pakistan... Hail these guys :)

G.A. Oct 07, 2013 04:34pm

Reminds me of a time when nuns in Chicago area formed a human chain around a mosque to deflect a mob after 9/11. It's a fight between good people of every community against the bad people of all those communities. Not between religions or races as a whole. Well done!

Fawad Oct 07, 2013 09:11pm

@Zeidoud: True that Bro!

sherie Oct 07, 2013 10:43pm

oh this picture has made me so happy :) we are one.

Musarrat Javed Oct 08, 2013 02:12am

Great news from my beloved country after very long time. I hope this is beginning of good days. Soon we will defeat Zia -ul- Haq and Jamat -e- Islami mind.

Sohail Aslam Oct 08, 2013 03:07am

This is a great initiative by the people of Lahore. I hope more people had come out and that similar rallies and human shields are carried out in other cities as well. The government seems to have failed in protecting its citizens against terrorism. It is high time that all citizens get together and fight against the scourge and menace of militancy and terrorism.

Waseem Oct 08, 2013 05:06am

Shabash Pakistan. I am up for all Pakistanis regardless of there religion, sect, or tribe.

Nadeem Chaudhry Oct 08, 2013 06:13am

Hats off to all sensible and peace loving Pakistanis.

kamljit Singh Oct 08, 2013 08:14am

I am proud of you ,that is simple. You are even greater than the leaders who created Pakistan.

Bharat Oct 08, 2013 11:28am

Less then 200 people here

Says it all about the country

AHA Oct 08, 2013 02:42pm

There is a lot of good in the hearts of the ordinary people of Pakistan.

ROHIT PANDEY Oct 08, 2013 03:41pm

Pakistan is stirring long last.

It is rather late in the day,but still a lot better than tame acceptance of inhuman brutality!

Feroz Oct 08, 2013 04:03pm

You may be surprised to hear that this human shield consisted of members of THE religious minorities: Shias, Ahmadis, Hindus, and so on. So please dont drop your garbs this fast. Pakistan is a hell for non-muslims. It is dispicable that after almost 70 year after independence, this still goes on.