The trending Mannequin Challenge has gone viral on all digital media and we see people doing it on weddings, in classrooms, with friends, etc. It’s a fun activity which gives a 3D effect to the viewers, as people in the video stand still for about a minute and the camera captures their statue poses.

On December 1, Islamabad witnessed a unique activity which brought different people together. A Mannequin Challenge , Sub Ka Pakistan was organized which showcased different people. It wasn’t just an ordinary video but a very meaningful one since it showed people from 11 different faiths that exist in Pakistan: Hindus, Christians, Sikh, Bahai, Kalash, Ahmadi, Parsi, Deobandi, Sunni, Shia, and Bahai.

The message of this video is to propagate social cohesion and religious harmony amongst our people. Moreover, it also highlights tolerance of the Pakistan we live – a regular Pakistani is peaceful and welcoming to others regardless of their faith.

This peaceful message of the video brought together people from different religious backgrounds, interacting under the same room – with a sense of oneness and integrity.

“It was a very first time in my life that I met people belonging to all religions of Pakistan at one place and to my surprise, they knew a lot more about Sikhism than I had expected from them,” says Akash Singh Khalsa who represented the Sikh Community in Pakistan. “It was wonderful to interact and know about other religious communities that exist in Pakistan, which otherwise is known as a country belonging only to Muslims.”

This is an initiative of Dil Say Pakistan which is Pakistan’s first transmedia campaign that entails documentaries, music videos, TV shows, radio programs, virtual reality experiences, social media activities, animation series, film festivals and on ground activities across the country to celebrate Pakistan’s diversity, acknowledge its unsung heroes and enable social good.

The purpose of this video was to highlight and honour the different religious groups that exist in Pakistan. It is also meant to break the stereotype associated with Pakistanis that Muslims dominate non-Muslims. The image of our country remains as a place in turmoil; however, there are people who prioritize humanity over any other religion.

"A few months back when I relocated for my job in Islamabad Barkat Ullah (we call him Baka) was the first one I befriended. First I was reluctant that Barkat, a young bearded boy might have reservations in accepting me as a roommate. On the contrary I found him very welcoming and supportive,” recalled Sawai Mal, a Hindu citizen hailing from Umerkot, Sindh. “I never knew such religious diversity existed in Pakistan. Thanks to Dil Say Pakistan for letting us know about the people who we never knew about before."