Pukaar News – Leicester

PRESS RELEASE: Candlelight Vigil in Leicester for Victims of Peshawar Massacre

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17 DECEMBER 2014

PAKISTAN YOUTH AND COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION HOLD CANDLE LIGHT VIGIL IN LEICESTER TOWN HALL TO PAY TRIBUTE TO THOSE WHO LOST THEIR LIVES IN PESHAWAR MASSACRE

A lady mourns the death of her loved one outside the school.

A lady mourns the death of her loved one outside the school. Credit. Pukaar News

 

Candle light vigil on Friday 19th December 2014 at 4.30pm at the Leicester Town Hall.

 
The brutal attack on an Army run school in the Pakistani city of Peshawar has left over 140 people, mostly children dead and many injured.

 
The fatal attack, which happened in the early hours of Tuesday morning, sparked a national outrage, as Taliban gunmen walk from class to class in the school, which had around 500 students and teachers in the building during the time of the attack.

 
Amongst the pain and destruction in the city, the killing of young innocent lives has left families torn apart and haunted by the loss of their loved ones.

 
To pay tribute to the tragic attack on the lives of the innocent children and people in Peshawar, the Leicester Pakistan Youth and Community Association will be holding a candle light vigil on Friday 19th December 2014 at 4.30pm at the Leicester Town Hall.

 
Mustafa Malik, Chief executive of the Pakistan Youth and Community Association in Leicester expresses his concerns, “What has happened is an inhumane and barbaric act and we condemn this act of terrorism. Innocent children have lost their lives and this is a very difficult and sad time. My heart goes out to the families of those children who got killed or injured in this barbaric attack”.

 
“Those who have carried out this horrific act are the enemy of Pakistan, Pakistanis, Islam and humanity. The way they indiscriminately opened fire on those innocent children and teachers is unbelievable and the Pakistani government must take a swift action to punish those who are responsible for this horrific act”.

 
“We are thankful to the faith leaders as well as general public in Leicester who have sent their sympathies and support during this time of sadness”, shares Mr Malik.

 
The devastating attack which has gained media attention around the world has left many parents and families grieving over the loss of their children and survivors are being treated in local hospitals.

Lighting a candle in front of the school, where the massacre took place. Credit. Pukaar News

Lighting a candle in front of the school, where the massacre took place. Credit. Pukaar News

The attack which is termed to be the Taliban’s deadliest in Pakistan has been condemned by people worldwide.

 

ENDS

 

Note to editors:

 

 

Pakistan Youth and Community Association (PYCA) is a registered charity working to assist members of the Pakistani and other minority ethnic individuals to develop themselves in order to better participate in mainstream society.

 

 

For interview and photography opportunities on the day of the vigil please contact:
Pukaar News on 0845 5005052 / 07762 114523

 

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