About three thousand Pakistanis assembled in central London's Hyde Park on Tuesday (27 February) to mourn deaths of two youths killed by police at the Indian High Commission last week.
GV Mourners listening to prayers chanted
SV PULL OUT TO GV Father of one dead youth PULL OUT TO Others mourners
GV Hearses PAN TO Mourners chanting
SV Man speaking into microphone
SV Coffin being carried out of haeres & placed on trestles
SCU Father of dead youth wiping eyes
SV Wreaths and flowers being placed around coffin as chanting continues (2 shots)
SCU Father of dead boy being comforted by mourners
GV Coffin being put back in haeres
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Background: About three thousand Pakistanis assembled in central London's Hyde Park on Tuesday (27 February) to mourn deaths of two youths killed by police at the Indian High Commission last week.
Basharst Hussain and Mohammed Hanif, both aged 19, were shot after they entered the Indian High Commission last Tuesday (20 February), in what was said to be a protest against India's retention of Pakistani prisoners-of-war. They were armed with swords and toy pistols, which police took to be real. A fifteen-year-old boy was taken into police custody in connection with the raid.
At the Hyde Park rally, mourners stood in orderly files. They listened to, and chanted, prayers in the Urdu language. Mourners came from all over Britain to attend the prayer service. The coffin containing the bodies of the two youths were placed on trestles in the park for they were to remain overnight before being flown back to Pakistan for a heroes' funeral.