On Easter Day a horrific attack in a park in Lahore, Pakistan, killed more than 70 innocent people, including children. Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, a Taliban splinter group, said it had targeted Christians celebrating Easter.
Yesterday evening (29th March) in the Consulate General for Pakistan in Dickenson Road a candlelight vigil was held for the victims of terrorism in Lahore. It was attended by people of different cultures, faiths and outlooks.
Together we kept silence, together we committed to oppose terrorism, and together we lit candles of remembrance and hope.
Zahoor Ahmed, Consul General of Pakistan, called all to observe silence in the face of such an atrocity.
Sajjad Kareem MEP spoke of the need to ensure that our standing in silence together spurred us on to work together against terrorism wherever it was to be found in the world. Tony Lloyd, interim Mayor of Greater Manchester, said “those who seek to divide us through fear and violence will never succeed. Together we are stronger than the terrorists will ever be.”
Fr Ian and Fr Falak Sher were present at the Vigil and lit candles. Fr Falak read a passage from the Holy Bible, and a passage from the Holy Qu’ran was recited.
With people of all faiths let us pray together for an end to terrorism in our world, and for peace and safety for our children.