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Candlelight vigil held in Kashmir to mourn Iran president Ebrahim Raisi’s death

Kashmiri men holding banners of Ebrahim Raisi to show support and solidarity for Iran during a candlelight vigil at Lal Chowk Srinagar on May 20, 2024. [FPK Photo/ Umar Farooq]

Srinagar: People holding candles and hoarding gathered on Monday evening at the historic Ghanta Ghar in Srinagar to express solidarity with Iran over the death of its president Ebrahim Raisi along with several officials in a helicopter crash.

The atmosphere at Ghanta Ghar was somber as the mourners, holding candles stood in silence.

The tragic accident has resonated deeply within the Shia community in Srinagar and elsewhere, emphasising the strong cultural and religious ties shared with Iran.

One among the gathering, Ali Hussain expressed deep sorrow and solidarity with the Iranian people, saying, the tragic event has shocked them.

“We gather here to show our support and offer our prayers for the victims and their families. We would like to request the Muslim Ummah to pray for the departed souls and remember them in your prayers,” he said.

Similarly, another participant said their hearts and prayers go out to the people of Iran during this difficult time.

As peaceful gathering was also witnessed in Budgam district where people expressed solidarity and prayed for the deceased.

The tragic incident occurred in East Azerbaijan when a helicopter carrying President Raisi experienced a crash.

The convoy included three helicopters, two of which were carrying ministers and officials who arrived at their destination safely. Among those on the president’s helicopter were Seyyed Mohammad-Ali Al-Hashem, Tabriz’s Friday Prayer Imam, and Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian. (KNO)

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