Pakistani-Canadians organize candlelight vigil in memory of innocent victims of Peshawar school attack


All photos by Chandra Bodalia
All photos by Chandra Bodalia

MEMBERS of the Committee of Progressive Pakistani Canadians organized a candlelight vigil on Wednesday evening at Surrey’s Holland Park to pay tribute to the innocent victims of Peshawar and express their deepest sympathy and support to the families of those affected by the recent incident of terrorism in Peshawar.

Earlier, in a press statement they said: “Let’s gather in Holland Park, Surrey, to support the Pakistani community which is grieving over the deaths of over 130 innocent children at Peshawar school. Together we’ll condemn this cowardly act and send a clear message to the terrorists and religious extremists that we stand together against evils of all sorts no matter how much you oppress us.

“Through this vigil, we want to send a clear message to the world community that we are united against terrorism and will raise our voices to be heard by our coward enemies.”

HEADLINES PAK RALLY Bod 2Among those who attended were Surrey MPs Jinny Sims and Jasbir Sandhu and Surrey MLAs Harry Bains and Sue Hammell.


HEADLINES PAK RALLY Bod 3NDP Leader John Horgan in a statement on Wednesday said:

“I stand with every member of my caucus today to express our heartfelt sympathies for the people of Pakistan as they mourn the students and teachers killed in the senseless attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar. We also stand with the members of British Columbia’s Pakistani community in their sorrow as they struggle to understand how this tragedy happened.

“Canadians condemn these attacks on students and their teachers. In this great country we know that education is a path not just to knowledge, but to growth, advancement and freedom. It is for these reasons that extremists see it as a threat, and it is for the very same reasons that we must support education as a right for all children, everywhere.

“We send our condolences to the people of Pakistan, and especially to the families of those killed in this tragedy.”