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Thousands of Pakistanis form human chain in image of Christchurch mosque

AFP  |  Jhang(Pakistan) 

Thousands of Pakistanis clad in white gathered in the central city of Friday to make a human image of Christchurch's mosque, where 50 people were killed by a white supremacist four weeks ago.

Drone images showed worshippers standing in formation, their snow-white traditional shalwar kameez and prayer caps in stark contrast to the emerald green of a public field, as a second group formed the words "Islam is peace" nearby.

Huge and Pakistani flags were also displayed along with a giant banner which read: "Solidarity with the martyrs of from Pakistan".

The tribute was organised by the Muslim Institute, a non-government organisation aimed at promoting peace and stability in the Muslim world, which also released the drone footage.

Brenton Tarrant, a 28-year-old Australian and self-avowed white supremacist, has been charged with 50 counts of murder and 39 of attempted murder after opening fire at the Linwood and mosques on March 15.

Nine of the victims were of Pakistani origin. One, Naeem Rashid, was posthumously given an award for bravery by after he apparently tried to tackle the gunman before being shot.

Tribute organisers praised the government after what had been a "very tough time" for Muslims in the country -- especially

Her response "not only soothed the wounds of Muslims but also assured them that Muslims in their country are safe," Sahibzada Sultan Ahmad Ali, a religious scholar and

one of the organisers, told AFP.

"We worked really hard to make this model," one participant, Noor Hassan, told AFP of the tribute.

"It was so pleasant that we were ready to stand like this for the whole day," he added.

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First Published: Fri, April 12 2019. 21:35 IST