A candle-lit vigil was arranged in memory of three Pakistani youths who died in the London riots.
According to district residents, the vigil was arranged by several NGOs in collaboration with the Multan Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chapter. Three Pakistani youths living in London Shehzad, Ali Asghar and Munawar Jaan were killed in the recent riots that have taken several British cities by storm. Pakistan Tehreek Insaf (pti) Multan chapter organized a walk and candle light vigil on Tariq Road on Friday in the memory of the deceased youths. “This incident was a great tragedy. It seems the entire world is in turmoil, from Arab nations to Britain. It isn’t just us but we must stand by our own people wherever they are,” said PTI worker Muhammad Aslam. Over 70 students, teachers and civil society members lit candles and prayed for the deceased. The participants said that regretted the riots in Britain. “We have suffered violence in the streets for years and we know what it is like. It is a tragic to see this spreading rather then ending,” said NGO worker Kulsoom Alvi. The participants also prayed for the departed souls and signed a petition to end the violence. The protesters said that the riots in London were just another form of terrorism and the perpetrators should be brought to justice.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 14th, 2011.