The Christian community of Pakistan, one of the most persecuted minorities in the country, toned down Christmas celebrations to express solidarity with Muslims in the wake of the terrorist attack on a school last week.
In what is being called an unprecedented display of unity, around 800 people took to the streets over the weekend to protest Taliban in Pakistan – the organization responsible for the massacre 132 schoolchildren and nine staff members of an army-run school in the northwestern city of Peshawar.
Dressed in Santa Claus costumes, the protesters held signs and chanted out slogans in defiance of the terrorist organization.
The members of the Christian community in the embattled country are themselves targeted by hardliners and militants.
Just recently, a young Christian couple was brutally beaten and then burned to death by a mob in a small Pakistani village in the name of the now-controversial blasphemy law of Pakistan.
In September 2013, a twin suicide bomb attack took place at All Saints Church in Peshawar in which around 127 people were killed and over 250 injured.
It remains the deadliest attack on the Christian minority in the history of Pakistan.
However, they disregarded everything to express solidarity with their fellow citizens, showing their support for the grieving families.
“We had planned to decorate our entire route with stars and bells,” said Anneil John, one of the participants of the rally. “But we have toned down our festivities because of the Peshawar massacre.”