Vigil to be held in Belfast for Peshawar massacre victims

Pakistanis in Islamabad take part in a candle light vigil for the victims of a school attacked by the Taliban in Peshawar. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)
Pakistanis in Islamabad take part in a candle light vigil for the victims of a school attacked by the Taliban in Peshawar. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

A candlelit vigil is being held in Belfast on Friday, December 19, to remember the victims of the Peshawar school massacre in Pakistan on earlier this week.

It begins at 6pm outside the main gates of Queen’s University, opposite the Students’ Union building.

The Taliban attack claimed the lives of 132 children and nine adults at a school in the north west of the country.

Among those taking part in the vigil is Ulster-based professional cricketer Taimur Khan.

Mr Khan fled to Northern Ireland from Peshawar 10 years ago after the Taliban killed his brother, uncle and aunt.

In the News Letter on Wednesday, he said he couldn’t understand what was motivating the gunmen to target children.

He added, however, that “the time had come to stand up against terrorism”.

US President Barack Obama said terrorists had “once again shown their depravity” in carrying out the attack, while UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon described it was “an act of horror and rank cowardice”.