LondonPakistani.com denounces recent rioting in the UK
16 August 2011
LondonPakistani.com denounces the riots across the country, grieves with families who have lost loved ones and encourages greater investment into community cohesion and civic engagement.
The deaths of Haroon Jahan 21, Shazad Ali 30, Abdul Musavir 31 in Birmingham and Richard Mannington in London, was all the more poignant when Haroon's father Tariq Jahan made a compassionate call for mutual respect and tolerance across society, twenty four hours after the loss of his son.
David Cameron announced a package of services and compensation for those affected by the riots and personally condoled with the bereaved families. The British Pakistani community has responded responsibly to this tragedy, with local leaders and councilors meeting with MPs and senior police officials to consider effective protection of residents in the wake of any backlash.
Pakistan High Commissioner to the UK Wajid Shamsul Hasan spoke in his recent 14th August speech of the families of the three young Pakistani men who sacrificed their lives during the recent riots in Birmingham, saying 'they have set an example of tolerance and proved the peaceful nature of Pakistani community.'
'They saved Britain from plunging further into communal rioting by exercising restraint and calm.'
The High Commissioner went on to say 'Today I am proud to represent the Pakistani community, as a community which has proved that it is peaceful and believes in cohesion and the well being of the country we live in.'