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Pakistani truck artist Haider Ali has painted a unique mural of George Floyd, a 46-years-old black man killed by the police extrajudicially in the United States. Artist decided to pay tribute to the slain man by painting a traditional truck art mural on the wall of his house in Karachi, shared Sana Fatima.

“This artwork not only pays reverence to George Floyd but it pays a tribute to everyone fighting inequality and injustice”, Ali shared his thoughts behind painting this mural.

This mural also contains messages for equality and justice in a typical truck poetry manner. One slogan reads, "Hum Kalay hein to kiya huwa dil walay hein (Doesn't matter if we are dark-skinned, [what matter is] we have big hearts).

Another sentence reads, "Goroun ki na kaloun ki, Duniya hay dil walun ki (World doesn't belong to black or white [people], it belongs to the people with big hearts)."

Haider believes in equality. "ALLAH Almighty has made every human equal. The religion Islam too, discourages all kinds of racism,” He said and explained why he opted for a black, stary background to paint the mural, "Black is an essential color of the universe. It is due to the black color of the sky that we are able to see the stars. Every Artist in the world realizes the importance and beauty of the black color.

Systematic oppression against the black population in the US has made Haider question the conditions in which Kashmiri and Palestinian Muslims are living under oppression. "This act of barbarism makes me think of also the Muslims living in Indian Occupied Kashmir, Palestine and Myanmar and elsewhere, what they have to go through every day? They are subjected to injustice and cruelty on the basis of religious bias, tortured and killed. They are living their lives in fear every minute. I plead that the world must raise voice for them too," Haider shared.