Seven Pakistani victims will be buried there, two bodies will be brought back
The body of a Pakistani man who was killed in the March 15 Christchurch mosques attack has been handed over to his family.
Syed Jahadad’s family in New Zealand has already received his body while the bodies of five other people who died in the attacks will be handed over today (Wednesday). After their funeral rites are completed, they will be buried in New Zealand.
Wednesday also saw the first funerals of the 50 victims of the attacks. A father and son from Syria were buried in the first funerals. Khaled Mustafa, 44, and Hamza, 16, arrived as refugees to New Zealand last year.
Hundreds of mourners gathered at a cemetery near the Linwood Islamic Centre in Christchurch, one of two places of worship.
According to the secretary-general of the Pakistan Association of New Zealand, Asim Mukhtar, seven Pakistani victims will be buried in New Zealand while the bodies of two victims will be brought back to Pakistan.
Family members wanting to go to New Zealand for the funerals are being issued visas in one-hour.