Manchester’s Sikh community to commemorate Sikh leaders who lost their lives in Afghanistan….reports Asian Lite News


The Dean of Manchester, Rogers Govender and the Sikh Community lead by the Council of five Manchester Gurdwaras are hosting the Interfaith Peace Vigil Manchester Cathedral Victoria Street Manchester M3 1SX on Saturday 18 August 2018 at 5.45pm

The Peace Vigil will start with Peaceful Kirtan (religious Sikh Hymns), Prayers from all major faiths and none, speeches from Leaders, Lighting of the candles followed by a minute silence. Following the Vigil, there will be a Peace Walk from the Cathedral to the nearby Sikh Temple, Sri Harkrishan Sahib Gurdwara (12 Sherborne St, Manchester M3 1FE), where Langer (vegetarian food) will be served.

Dean of Manchester Rogers Govender

This Vigil is being held in Manchester Cathedral as there is a large Afghani Sikh community in North Manchester. A number of this community has lost members of their family in this atrocity and many others have been victims of persecution in Afghanistan.

On the 1st July 2018, in the eastern city of Jalalabad in Afghanistan, senior leaders of different minority faiths, largely Sikhs were waiting to meet the President of Afghanistan, Mr Ashraf Ghani. These leaders were involved in a tragic atrocity in which 19 of them lost their lives.

Minority religions, Sikhs, Hindu’s and other faiths have fled the country in recent years and have sought asylum due to persecution and repeated threats to their lives prior to the above incident. This delegation was due to meet with the President to seek equality, protection and assurance from the government.

The Interfaith Peace Vigil represents solidarity of the various communities within Britain supporting the Sikh Community to commemorate the Afghan Sikh Leaders and other faith people who sadly lost their lives in this atrocity in Afghanistan on 1st July 2018.

For further information, please contact Sukhbir Singh on 07913 353291 or Email:



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