Bomber's Family Hold Party as City Mourns; Aldgate Bomber: Shezhad Tanweer's Family Are Celebrating His Life at His Grave in Pakistan

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Bomber's Family Hold Party as City Mourns; Aldgate Bomber: Shezhad Tanweer's Family Are Celebrating His Life at His Grave in Pakistan


Byline: AMAR SINGH

A PARTY is being held at the grave of a 7/7 bomber in what is beingdescribed as an insult to the 52 London commuters murdered three years agotoday, the Evening Standard can reveal.

The family of Shehzad Tanweer and 400 guests will "celebrate his life" and"remember him as a martyr" at a village in Pakistan. Tanweer, 22, MohammadSidique Khan, 30, Hasib Hussain, 18, and 19-year-old Jermaine Lindsay also diedwhen they detonated rucksack bombs on three crowded Tube trains and a No 30bus.

Tanweer's uncle, 42-year-old property developer Tahir Pervez, is organising thecelebration in which verses of the Koran will be read out then curry and ricedistributed at his home in Samundari. He said today that he has "fond feelings"for his nephew and planned to visit Tanweer's mother in Leeds later this month,adding that she was "still devastated" at the loss of her son.

Seven people were killed and 171 injured when Tanweer detonated his bomb on aeastbound Circle line train near Aldgate station. One villager in Pakistan whoasked not to be named, said: "The party is kept very secret from people outsidethe village but everyone knows it happens every year. People are invited tojoin in blessing Shehzad Tanweer's soul by reading verses from the Koran andthey call on us to remember Shehzad as a shahid (martyr)." The gathering hastwice been held in secretyards from Tanweer's grave which is fiercely protected from outsiders.

It is the largest in the cemetery of the village called Chak 477 and isopposite the mosque.

On the grave, his epitaph bears the phrase "La ilaha il Mohammed dur rasoolAllah" which means "there is no God but Allah, and Mohammed is his messenger".

Relatives of those killed in the 7/7 attacks have reacted angrily to thecelebrations. …

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