Tuesday Mar 19, 2019
ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office Spokesman Dr Mohammad Faisal said on Tuesday that New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has won hearts of Pakistanis through her compassion and leadership skills.
The FO spokesman praised NZ prime minister in a tweet after the terrorist attacks on two mosques sent the country reeling.
He also lauded her for recognising the bravery of Dr Naeem Rashid from Pakistan, who lunged at the terrorist to stop him.
President Arif Alvi said that NZ PM Ardern showed strong compassion in the face of terrorist attack on Muslims in Christchurch.
President Alvi said that New Zealand citizens also deserve praise for unanimous outpouring of love towards Muslim community and rejecting Islamophobia.
New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern had paid tribute to Pakistani national Naeem Rashid, one of the martyred of the Christchurch terrorist attacks who sacrificed his life trying to stop the shooter.
The prime minister promised that the man responsible for last week's deadly mosque massacres would face "the full force of the law", as she vowed never to utter his name.
"He sought many things from his act of terror, but one was notoriety —that is why you will never hear me mention his name," Ardern said.
"I implore you: Speak the names of those who were lost rather than the name of the man who took them," she told the gathering in Wellington, four days after the massacre in the southern city of Christchurch.