Thousands of Pakistanis in the Jhang area formed a human chain to thank the United Nations for proclaiming March 15 as International Day to Combat Islamophobia.
The ‘Muslim Institute,’ an Islamabad-based research institute that has long opposed Islamophobia, hosted the event. It happened in the Jhang district of Punjab.
The participants, dressed in white shalwar-kameez, performed a variety of formations ranging from 100 feet in length and width, including “Thank You UN” and “Islam is Peace.”
Around the UN emblem, flags from 57 Muslim nations were prominently displayed.
On March 15, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution proclaiming March 15 as International Day to Combat Islamophobia, which was unanimously accepted.
Pakistan presented the resolution on behalf of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). It’s the same day as the Christchurch massacre, which took place in 2019 in Christchurch, New Zealand, when a shooter opened fire inside a mosque.
The event’s principal organizer, Sahibzada Sultan Ahmed Ali, said that the rising tide of Islamophobia represented a severe threat to humanity and international peace.
He thanked the United Nations for passing the resolution and called on the OIC to pass an anti-Islamophobia convention. He believes that non-Muslim countries will be pressured to sign the proposed agreement in the future.