ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office has now confirmed that nine Pakistanis have embraced martyrdom in the tragic shooting incident in Christchurch on Friday.
FO Spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal Sunday said Zeeshan Raza, his father Ghulam Hussain and mother Karam bibi have now been confirmed to have embraced shahadat in the terrorist attack in New Zealand.
“We are in touch with their families. A total of 9 Pakistanis embraced shahadat in the Friday attack,” he added.
Earlier, the New Zealand authorities confirmed that six Pakistanis have lost their lives in one of the most brutal attacks on Muslims in the Western countries.
Sohail Shahid, Syed Jahandad Ali, Syed Areeb Ahmed, Mahboob Haroon, Naeem Rashid and his son Talha Naeem were among those 50 people martyred on Friday attacks.
According to the FO, Naeem Rashid, the Pakistani who sacrificed his life to save others at the Al Noor Mosque, will be buried along with his son Talha Naeem, 22, in Christchurch.
Naeem Rashid has become a hero when he embraced martyrdom trying to stop the shooting by launching himself at the gunman. He was a resident of Jinnahabad, Abbottabad and a professor in New Zealand.
He received his education from the Army Burn Hall College and went to New Zealand for higher education, eventually settling there.
The 28-year-old right-wing extremist Brenton Tarrant appeared in a local court earlier on Saturday on murder charges. He was seen smiling with his face showing no signs of remorse.
He was remanded in custody with no bail request. He was scheduled to appear in the South Island city’s High Court on April 5 and will likely face further charges.
FBISE says the announcement will be made at 3:30pm
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