Pukaar News – Leicester

Midlands Remember Victims Killed in Pakistan School Attack

People from across the Midlands have been remembering those killed in the Pakistan school attack.

 

141 people, mainly children lost their lives in the attack which took place on Tuesday at an army run school in Peshawar, a city in the north of Pakistan.

 

 

Vigils have been taking place across the world, as people mourn the loss of so many young lives.

 

A vigil at Leicester’s Clock Tower took place today attended by many faith and community leaders in the city, as well as Leicester East MP Keith Vaz and Leicester North MP Jon Ashworth.

 

It was organised by the Pakistan Youth and Community Centre.

 

Relatives of children killed in the massacre have described those responsible as “un-Islamic” and “ruthless”.  Nazir Awan who lives in Birmingham lost two cousins, 15 year old Muhammad Yaseen and 10 year old Mohammad Gulshir, he says the last 48 hours have been unbearable, “When I heard the news I couldn’t stop crying for two hours”

 

He describes how his family in Pakistan is dealing with losing two family members, “it is very difficult for anybody to cope with a tragedy like this, the Mother cannot speak, she does not want to speak to anybody”

 

“When the Father went to the hospital and looked at his sons body he collapsed, and he had to be hospitalised”

 

Other cities in the region have also held vigils in the region, including at the cathedral in Birmingham.  A book of condolence has also been opened by Nottingham City Council at their council house.

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