Pakistan: People form human image of Christchurch mosque

Many thousands of Pakistanis Muslims all dressed in white have gathered in the Jhang city to form a human image of the New Zealand’s Al Noor mosque in the city of Christchurch where around 50 people were killed in a gun attack carried out by a white supremacist nearly a month ago. The court in New Zealand has charged Brenton Tarrant, a self-professed Australian white supremacist is 28 years of age. He has been charged with 50 accounts of murder and 39 accounts of attempted murder as he opened fire at two mosques at Linwood and Al Noor on March 15.

Nine people who were killed in that attack were from Pakistan. One, man named as Naeem Rashid had been given a bravery award by Pakistan as he tried to tackle the gunman before he was shot too. The organisers of the event expressed their thanks to the government of New Zealand and especially the Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. The way Ardern had handled the whole situation not only soothed their wounds but also assured that the Muslims were safe in New Zealand.

One of the organisers, Noor Hassan said, “We worked hard to make this model. It was so pleasant that we were ready to stand like this for the whole day”.

The Christchurch mosque attack was about two consecutive shootings which had rocked New Zealand during the Friday Prayers on March 15, 2019. The attacks had started at the Al Noor mosque in the Riccarton suburb and later continued to the Linwood Islamic Centre. In a first of such happenings, the gunman had also live-streamed the first attack on Facebook Live. 50 people had been killed in the attack and 50 others were wounded. The attack was widely condemned by both the politicians and leaders of the world.

The attacks have been caused due to an increase in the all-right extremism globally and white supremacism. The latter was observed in the mid-2010s. New Zealand Prime Minister had described it as the darkest days of New Zealand. A royal commission of inquiry was established in the wake of the attacks which is one of the deadliest in the history of modern New Zealand.

 

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