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Sunday Mar 17 2019
Web Desk

Nine Pakistanis martyred in New Zealand mosque attacks

Web Desk

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Foreign Office has confirmed that nine Pakistanis were martyred in Friday's terrorist attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.

In a tweet on Sunday, Foreign Office spokesman Dr Mohammad Faisal informed that Zeeshan Raza, his father Ghulam Hussain and mother Karam bibi have been confirmed to have embraced martyrdom, bringing the toll of Pakistanis martyred in the attack to nine. 

The names of Pakistanis who lost their lives in Friday's attack are:

  1. Mr Sohail Shahid
  2. Syed Jahandad Ali
  3. Syed Areeb Ahmed
  4. Mr Mahboob Haroon
  5. Mr Naeem Rashid
  6. Mr Talha Naeem
  7. Mr Zeeshan Raza
  8.  Mr Ghulam Hussain 
  9. Ms Karam 

Earlier, FO spokesperson said Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi had directed for all possible help and assistance to the families of the deceased and missing Pakistani citizens.

Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua also spoke to New Zealand ambassador in Tehran Hamish MacMaster, who is also accredited to Pakistan, via telephone, Dr Faisal said.

The foreign secretary conveyed condolences on the tragic loss of lives in the terrorist attack in Christchurch and requested for facilitation in assisting families of affected Pakistanis.

'Bodies of four martyrs to be brought to Pakistan'

Speaking exclusively to Geo News, Qureshi said that families of four Pakistani martyrs of Christchurch terror attack had requested for bringing bodies of their loved ones to Pakistan, while relatives of two victims wanted their burial in New Zealand.

He said the government would fully cooperate in bringing the bodies of four Pakistani martyrs back to country.

Pakistani Naeem Rashid, who attempted to stop the white supremacist terrorist who opened fire at the Al Noor mosque, and his son were among those who lost their lives at the mosque.

Fifty people were shot dead by 28-year-old right-wing extremist Brenton Tarrant, who attacked two mosques in Christchurch: the Al Noor Mosque, and another mosque in the suburb of Linwood.

The terrorist appeared in a local court on Saturday on murder charges. He was remanded in custody with no bail requested and is scheduled to appear in the South Island city’s High Court on April 5 and will likely face further charges.