Following the recent terrorist attacks in Brussels, Belgium and the Pakistani city of Lahore, Books of Condolence were opened at Manchester Town Hall for members of the public to sign.
Returning back to the North West from the European Parliament in Brussels this week, Sajjad paid a special visit to the Town Hall to personally sign both books.
He was joined by colleagues and friends from Greater Manchester Conservatives as well as supporters from the Asian community, who wanted to show solidarity and support for cities of Brussels and Lahore and those who have lost their lives and those affected by these terrorist atrocities.
Those present included Cllr Sean Anstee, Leader of Trafford Council who commented:
“We need to show solidarity and strength with those who are affected by such terrible tragedies such as the atrocities committed in Lahore and Brussels."
Cllr Robin Garrido, Conservatives Mayoral Candidate for Salford attended and said:
“So many people, including young children were killed in a park in Lahore. This is not right and we must stand together in the face of such hatred.”
Also in attendance were senior Cllr Roy Walker from Bury, Mrs Sue Carrol from Cheadle and Mrs Ros Lloyd from Hazel Grove, together with local candidates solicitor Tahira Shaffi and Anjennara Huque.
Local businessman Mr Mussarat Ali, owner of the La Quila, Dr M Younnas Perwaz and Dr Tariq Chohan were present alongside other local community members.
“The perpetrators of the Brussels and Lahore attacks were the same. We are here to remember the victims collectively” said Sajjad who witnessed the aftermath of the Brussels tube bombing from his apartment close by.
“They are attacking us as with one might and we must respond as one unit. Whether it is Peshawar or Paris, whether it is Brussels or Lahore we will unite and stand as one as a single international community, in order to defeat them”.
The visit was extensively covered by Asian media including GEO, Jang, ARY, Dunya and others.
The books are open for the public to sign on the ground floor of Manchester Town Hall.