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Hundreds Of Muslims Held A Candlelight Vigil In London For The Peshawar School Massacre Victims

There was a touching scene in Trafalgar Square this evening.

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Hundreds of Muslims gathered in Trafalgar Square this evening to pay tribute to the victims of the Peshawar school massacre.

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The event was the result of work by a number of different organisations and had been arranged via social media.

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Qasim Peracha, a student at King's College London, told BuzzFeed News the organisers were largely Muslims of Pakistani origin at the university.

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Some held Pakistani flags, and there were also banners proclaiming "We're sorry we let you down" and "We're stronger, we're united, we're Pakistan."

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Many brought candles to the north terrace of the square.

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Those that didn't have them used mobile-phone torches.

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Ayesha Mumtaz and Aisha Rauf also helped to organise the event.

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There was a minute's silence held.

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And the vigil ended with the Pakistani national anthem.

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The organisers tried to keep the event free of politics.

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BuzzFeed News saw some heated discussions as the organisers tried to stop any of the speakers from making political points.

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Alan White / BuzzFeed

In Pakistan, newspapers are already beginning to criticise the country's politicians for failing to stop the Taliban.

For the most part, they were successful: The event remained apolitical.

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Organising figures like Shahbaz Khan, the former London president of the political party Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf, or PTI, were keen to play down their political credentials to BuzzFeed News.

The death toll from the attack has risen to 141 – 132 of whom were children, aged 16 or younger.

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Alan White is a news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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