ANOTHER major event is set to take place in East Lancashire today amid concerns over the ongoing situation in Kashmir.

Community campaigners and councillors joined in a peace vigil outside Blackburn Town Hall yesterday.

Protests have been focused on the Indian government's revocation of special status for its portion of the disputed territory.

And now Pakistan consul general Aamar Aftab is set to speak at a special event at Nelson Town Hall, at 3pm, to argue against the change. Former MEP and Burnley councillor Wajid Khan, County Cllr Azhar Ali and Cllr Mohammed Iqbal, leader of Pendle Council, will be among the fellow speakers.

Cllr Hussain Akhtar, speaking from Pakistan, said he watched coverage of the Blackburn peace vigil online.

He added: "I hope that people will get the message around the world and come together for a peaceful solution. There was so many people from across the community, in Blackburn, who came together for the people of Kashmir and I support them."

The vigil was staged by Kashmiri Association Blackburn, Drive For Justice and Lancashire Council of Mosques.