Thursday, 18 April, 2019

Friend of Naeem Rashid, slain in New Zealand mosque

New Zealand Shooting: Pakistani man dies in an attempt to stop attacker Mother of Christchurch victim was on the phone with her son when he was shot dead
Jeannette Daniel | 18 March, 2019, 12:49

The Foreign Office of Pakistan said Friday that four Pakistani nationals were injured, while five were still missing after the horrific terrorist attacks on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.

A family member holds a mobile phone displaying a photo of Naeem Rashid who was killed along with his son Talha Naeem in the Christchurch mosque attack in New Zealand, during a condolence gathering at the family's home in Abbottabad, Pakistan March 17, 2019.

Lauding heroics of Rasheed, Prime Minister Imran Khan also said on Sunday that his courage would be recognised with a national award.

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 chose to bury them in New Zealand.

Among those confirmed dead are Palestinian surgeon Dr Amjad Hamid, 57, who had moved to New Zealand with his wife for a better life, and Kuwait futsal goalkeeper Atta Elayyan, 33, who had recently become a father.

Mohammad Faisal, a spokesman for the ministry, said both deceased would be buried in Christchurch and arrangements for the burial are in place.

'We always used to think of him as a scholar because he was very studious and very intelligent ... very socially responsible, ' says B.C. resident Shaukat Khan of his high school friend Naeem Rashid.

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Naeem Rashid, originally from Abbottabad in Pakistan, and his son, were named as being among the 49 victims killed in the terror attack yesterday.

"We had a lovely time".

One "is still not out of danger but he is being treated", he told reporters in Islamabad without identifying the victim.

"So whatever he did is nothing astonishing for us because it runs in the family, runs in his blood, runs in his genes".

For Pakistan, which has suffered thousands of deaths from extremist violence over the years while facing accusations of allowing militant Islamist groups to operate from its soil, the attack showed that terrorism was a universal phenomenon.

Two days after the shootings, Brenton Harris Tarrant, 28, appears to be the only person in custody that has been linked to the attack.

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