Ghouls. “Relatives of July 7 bomber hold PARTY at his grave to ‘celebrate his life,'” from the Daily Mail, July 7 (thanks to Paul):
A party is being held at the grave of a 7/7 bomber in what is being seen as an insult to the 52 London commuters murdered three years ago today.
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, along with Mohammad Sidique Khan, 30, Hasib Hussain, 18, and 19-year-old Jermaine Lindsay, died when they detonated rucksack bombs on three crowded Tube trains and a No.30 bus.
Tanweer’s uncle, 42-year-old property developer Tahir Pervez, is organising the celebration in which verses of the Koran will be read out then curry and rice distributed at his home in Samundari.
‘The party is kept very secret from people outside the village but everyone knows it happens every year,’ said one villager who asked not be named.
‘People are invited to join in blessing Shehzad Tanweer’s soul by reading verses from the Koran and they call on us to remember Shehzad as a shahid (martyr).’
The gathering has twice been held in secret – yards from Aldgate bomber Tanweer’s grave which is fiercely protected from outsiders. It is the largest in the cemetery of the village called Chak 477 and is opposite the mosque.
His epitaph bears the phrase ‘La ilaha il Mohammed dur rasool Allah’ which means ‘There is no God but Allah, and Mohammed is his messenger.’
Andrew Dismore, MP for Hendon said: ‘It is absolutely appalling that his family are choosing to mark the date in this way. What are the Pakistan government doing about this? ‘Five people from five different ethnic and religious groups died from my constituency on 7 July 2005 and this is a damning insult to their memory and their family members.
‘Most Muslims would be absolutely horrified, as I am, that Shehzad Tanweer is being remembered by some people as a martyr.’
What is your evidence for that assertion, Mr. Dismore?