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Foreign Office issues list of 9 missing Pakistanis 30 hours after Christchurch attacks

March 16 , 2019

A Muslim family waits outside a hospital after a shooting incident in Christchurch on March 15, 2019. Photo: AFP

The Foreign Office has issued a list of Pakistanis missing 30 hours after the two deadly attacks on mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand on Friday.

According to the Foreign Office spokesperson, there are nine Pakistanis who have been reported missing.

However, two of the names on the Foreign Office’s list are of people whose family says they have died.

The list comprises:

  1. Zeeshan Raza
  2. The father of Zeeshan Raza
  3. The mother of Zeeshan Raza
  4. Haroon Mahmood (son of Shahid Mahmood) age 40
  5. Sohail Shahid (son of Muhammad Shabbir) age 40
  6. Syed Areeb Ahmed (son of Ayaz Ahmed) age 26
  7. Syed Jahanand Ali, age 34
  8. Talha Naeem, age 22
  9. Naeem Rashid

Family sources have confirmed that Talha Naeem and Naeem Rashid have died.

Related: Two Pakistanis injured in Christchurch attacks pass away: family

On Saturday, a New Zealand court charged the primary suspect in the shootings with murder. The 28-year-old Australian, identified as Brenton Harrison Tarrant, killed 49 people and injured 48 others after he opened fire at two mosques in Christchurch on Friday.

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  1. Muhammad Yaseen   March 16, 2019 4:08 pm/ Reply

    New Zealand Government has taken proper step to declare it murder instead of terrorism to avoid depriving dead or injured from insurance claims. Not all stupid acts form terrorism until they are linked with terrorist group and planned and executed by terrorist group. So far no terrorist group has taken responsibility. We salute New Zealand Group for taking immediate steps and hope they will compensate all aggrieved families by paying compensation for dead and treatment and employment to injured or disabled as a result of injuries. The culprit(s) should also be brought to book by executing them within shortest possible time.

  2. AHMAD   March 16, 2019 7:39 pm/ Reply

    Sad , saddest event, no words to express my grief and sorrow .
    Such behavior is against any religious norms , values .
    Any misunderstanding can be resolved by mutual discussion .
    Violence , murder , prejudice is not the solution .
    Allah Shuhida ko Jannat De .

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