The Ahlul Bayt News Agency published an article on Monday, October 7, 2013 at 5:54 p.m. local time about a human chain of Muslims and Christians that surrounded churches to prevent terrorist attacks. The attacks occurred in September 2013 in the city of Peshawar.
The human chain was done on Sunday, October 6, 2013 in Peshawar, which was the site of a terrorist group attack in September 2013. The group, known as Jundullah, claimed responsibility for the attack saying it was in response to the US’ use of drones in Pakistan, and that their attacks would continue as long as the drone attacks were being done.
A Muslim cleric and a Christian priest organized the event to publicize the solidarity of all Pakistanis against religious-based terrorist actions. Two men on a suicide bombing mission killed 80 people and wounded over 150. The terrorists said that Christians were targeted as a symbol of opposition to US military actions in Pakistan.
The killing of Pakistani Christians in protest of US drones killing Pakistani terrorists isn't logical. Using US drones to kill Pakistani terrorists isn't logical either. The Pakistani Christians are in the middle of a war on terror that some would call collateral damage. It is really an extension of madness on a global basis.
Muslim scholars have declared that these terrorist attacks are against the teachings of Islam, the Qur'an and Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad. The event was organized as The National Day of Prayer and Resistance. The human chain included politicians, social leaders, and members of both Christian and Muslim religions.
The Parliament of Pakistan has publicly expressed condolences to the Christian community and the families of those killed and injured in the September terrorist attacks.
In 2011, Pakistani-born scholar Sheikh Tahir ul-Qadri issued a fatwa that condemns suicide bombings as a violation of the peaceful Islamic tenets. Despite the occurrence of Muslim extremist attacks, the Qur'an prohibits attacks on helpless people that peacefully coexist with Muslims.
Christians make up about 3% of the total population of Pakistan. The percentage of radical Muslim terrorists is far below the number of Christians. These shows of support for the Christian minority, and the open condemnation of a terrorist group by the Muslim clergy, are examples of ecumenical cooperation that needs to be repeated on a global basis.