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Muslims form human chain to protect Christians during Lahore mass


LAHORE: The Muslim and Christian communities came together in a show of solidarity in Lahore, Express News reported Sunday.
Muslims formed a human chain outside St Anthony’s church during mass to act as a shield for those attending Sunday mass inside.
The initiative was led by ‘Pakistan for All’ – a collective of citizens concerned about the growing attacks on minorities – as part of their stand against the Peshawar church blast that killed at least 83 people on September 22.
The twin suicide attack on All Saints church occurred after Sunday mass ended and is believed to be the country’s deadliest attack on Christians.
On September 28, Muslims attended Sunday mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral in a similar show of solidarity and clasped their hands in prayer and sang from the hymn opus.
Dozens of civil society members, religious scholars, politicians, artists and academics had stood vigilant for the duration of the mass and later linked their arms to from a symbolic human shield around the church to express their “defiance to the extremist forces and solidarity with the minorities”.
In the days following the deadly attack, Christians have demonstrated in towns and cities around Pakistan, including Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar and Faisalabad, to protest against the violence and demand better protection from the authorities.
See the link: http://tribune.com.pk/story/614333/muslims-form-human-chain-to-protect-christians-during-lahore-mass/

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