Pakistani Leaders Strongly Condemn Terrorist Incident In New Zealand
Pakistan Friday condemned the tragic terrorist incident in New Zealand, which resulted killing of 49 people when gunmen targeted worshippers in two mosques during Friday prayers in Christchurch
ISLAMABAD (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News / NNI - 15th March, 2019) Pakistan Friday condemned the tragic terrorist incident in New Zealand, which resulted killing of 49 people when gunmen targeted worshippers in two mosques during Friday prayers in Christchurch.Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal on Friday said that Pakistan High Commission is in touch with the local authorities to ascertain details.He took to Twitter and wrote, "Pakistan condemns the tragic terrorist incident in New Zealand.
Our High Commission is in touch with the local authorities and trying to ascertain details.""Pakistan condemns the tragic terrorist incident in New Zealand. Our High Commission is in touch with the local authorities and trying to ascertain details."President Dr.
Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan have also expressed shocked and grief on the horrific massacre in Christchurch mosque.In a tweet, the President said hate once unleashed is difficult to stop and these are difficult times.
The President said his prayers go for the victims. May their souls rest in peace!Dr Arif Alvi also offered condolences to the families and prayed that they have strength to bear this loss.Prime Minister Imran Khan has strongly condemned the terrorist attack in Christchurch.In a tweet, he attributed such terror acts to the post nine-eleven Islamophobia under which the one point three billion Muslims of the world are being blamed for any act of terrorism by a single Muslim individual.The Prime Minister said the attack is also deliberate attempt to demonize legitimate Muslim political struggles.
Imran Khan said the incident has reaffirmed our claim that terrorism does not have any religion.Talking to state-run Pakistan Television Channel, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi also condemned the terrorist attack in New Zealand in strongest terms.
He expressed grief and shock over the incident and expressed condolences for the victims.The Foreign Minister said about three hundred Pakistanis are residing in Christchurch and there are no reports of any Pakistani casualty in the despicable incident.At least 49 people were killed when gunmen targeted worshippers in two mosques during Friday prayers in Christchurch, New Zealand on Friday.Police Commissioner Mike Bush said forty-nine people were killed at two mosques and one man in his late 20s charged with murder.Forty-one of those slain were at the Masjid al Noor in central Christchurch, police said.
Seven more were killed at the Linwood Ave mosque, three of them outside the building. It is unclear where the remaining victim died.New Zealand Police, who initially imposed a city-wide lockdown, sent armed officers to a number of scenes.
An ashen-faced Ardern told reporters the attacks had been "an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence". "It is clear that this is one of New Zealand's darkest days," she said.The police described it as "extremely distressing" and urged web users not to share it.A gunman broadcast live footage on Facebook of the attack on one mosque, after publishing a manifesto in which he denounced immigrants.One man who said he was at the Al Noor mosque told media the gunman was white and wearing a helmet and a bulletproof vest.
The man burst into the mosque as worshippers were kneeling for prayers.Addressing a news conference, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern condemned the incident as terrorism. She said four people in police custody, three men and one woman, held extremist views but had not been on any police watchlists."Many of those who will have been directly affected by this shooting may be migrants to New Zealand, they may even be refugees here," Ardern said.
"They have chosen to make New Zealand their home, and it is their home. They are us. The person who has perpetuated this violence against us is not.""They should have been in a safe environment," she said.One person is in custody, but police said it was not yet clear if there were other people involved.
"There is no place in New Zealand for such acts of extreme and unprecedented violence," Ardern added.An eyewitness told Radio New Zealand that he heard shots fired and four people were lying on the ground, with "blood everywhere".
Police warned Muslims all over the country not to visit mosques "anywhere in New Zealand". Friday is islam's holy day.Christchurch city council offered a helpline for parents looking for kids attending a mass climate change rally nearby.One witness told stuff.co.nz he was praying when he heard shooting -- and then saw his wife lying dead on the footpath outside when he fled.
Another man said he saw children being shot. "There were bodies all over," he said.World leaders have also strongly condemned the terrorist attack in New Zealand.In a tweet message, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan strongly condemned deadly mosque shootings in New Zealand.
He offered condolences to Islamic world and people of New Zealand.In a statement, Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said Indonesia strongly condemns this shooting act, especially at a place of worship while a Friday prayer was ongoing.Leader of the biggest party in ruling coalition in Malaysia Anwar Ibrahim said I am deeply saddened by this uncivilized act, which goes against humanistic values and took the lives of civilians.