Published: Mon, March 18, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Pakistan salutes hero of New Zealand mosque shooting

Pakistan salutes hero of New Zealand mosque shooting

Rashid's mother in Abbottabad appealed for urgent support to be able to travel to New Zealand.

"Whatever the families will decide, we will respect it and fulfill their wishes", he said, adding that flags will be flown at half-mast in Pakistan on Monday in honour of the victims.

Mian Naeem Rashid and his son Talha were among nine Pakistanis killed when a gunman attacked two mosques in the new Zealand city of Christchurch on Friday, the foreign ministry confirmed on Sunday.Fifty people from countries including Afghanistan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Egypt and Jordan were killed in the attack.

Rashid's 22-year-old son, Talha Naeem, a civil engineering graduate, was among those who lost their lives in the shooting.

Prime Minister Imran Khan has announced that heroic Pakistani national Rashid Naeem, who died after trying to stop the New Zealand attacker, will be given a national award.

He was left badly wounded after he launched himself at the shooter in a bid to protect fellow worshippers.

She and friends waited outside the mosque for an hour until a friend took her to the hospital where she found her husband with gunshot wounds to his head, neck leg and arm.

People Dead Following Mass Shooting In New Zealand Mosque
Khan said that increasing Islamophobia after 9/11 was responsible for this act of terror and Muslims were demonised deliberately. One male in his late 20s has been charged with murder and will appear in Christchurch court tomorrow morning.

According to Foreign Office spokesman Dr Mohammad Faisal, the government is working with the families of four of the six victims for possible transport of bodies to Pakistan, because the heirs of two other Pakistani victims made a decision to bury them in New Zealand.

Ambulance staff remove a man from outside a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, March 15, 2019.

The head of a refugee support group based in Christchurch said the victims include a refugee from Syria and that it is sad to think he came to New Zealand seeking safety.

Although the two went their own ways after college, they kept in touch. Of those, 34 remain hospitalized in the Christchurch Hospital and 12 are in critical condition, Greg Robertson, the hospital's chief of surgery, said. One person has been charged with murder while three other people apprehended with firearms are not believed to be involved, they said.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said she is seeking advice on Tarrant's possible deportation to Australia but it was too soon to say whether that is likely.

He was remanded in custody and will reappear in court April 5.

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