Saturday Mar 16, 2019
On Saturday authorities in New Zealand confirmed that six Pakistanis had lost their lives in the Christchurch mosque attacks.
Among the six Pakistanis was 27-year-old Areeb Ahmed, a resident of Karachi who was the only son of his parents.
Areeb, a chartered account by profession, had travelled to New Zealand on behalf of his company in Pakistan.
Shortly after a tweet by the spokesman for the foreign office, Areeb’s cousin post a message on his Facebook page.
Also among the martyred Pakistanis were Naeem Rashid and his son Talha Naeem. Naeem has been dubbed a hero as he tried to stop the shooting at the Al Noor Mosque by launching himself at the gunman.
A resident of Abbottabad, Naeem had moved to Christchurch to work as a teacher.
At least 49 people lost their lives when 28-year-old right-wing extremist Brenton Tarrant attacked two mosques in Christchurch. 41 people lost their lives at the Al Noor Mosque, while seven more died at a mosque in the suburb of Linwood.
The terrorist appeared in a local court earlier today 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.