Sunni and Shia Muslims plan a united vigil in Surrey
Lower Mainland Muslims want to show that they're united against sectarian violence in Pakistan.
Sunnis and Shias will hold a vigil together at 5:30 p.m. today at Holland Park across from the King George SkyTrain station.
It's to remember those who've lost their lives in Pakistan because of the government's unwillingness to stop violence against minorities.
Co-op Radio host Imtiaz Popat, one of the organizers, sent out an announcement yesterday, citing a March 3 attack on Shias in Karachi. It killed at least 45 and left about 200 wounded.
He noted that 2012 was the bloodiest year on record for Shia followers in Pakistan with more than 400 deaths.
"We would also demand the Canadian government do something to immediately take up this issue with the government of Pakistan," Popat said in the release.
He emphasized that this has "caused severe grief and anguish" to Canadians of Pakistani origin.
Meanwhile, Christians have taken to the streets in the Pakistani city of Lahore today to protest about 100 arson attacks by militants.
The BBC has reported that police have arrested 150 people in response.