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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.

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

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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Alan White / BuzzFeed

Many brought candles to the north terrace of the square.

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

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

There was a minute's silence held.

And the vigil ended with the Pakistani national anthem.

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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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.

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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