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Pakistan’s flag to fly at half mast for New Zealand victims


Pakistan’s flag will fly at half mast in solidarity with the people who lost loved ones in two mosque attacks in New Zealand.

Over 50 people, including nine Pakistanis, were killed after a shooter opened fire at them in two mosques in Christchurch on Friday.

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that Pakistan will give national award to its “brave son” Naeem Rashid for trying to stop the shooter. Prime Minister Imran Khan made the announcement in a tweet earlier in the day.

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A Pakistani man has been injured in the attacks. “He is currently in a critical condition. He is being treated but his condition is not out of danger,” said the foreign minister in a press conference on Sunday.

We said that Pakistani ambassador and deputy high commissioner in New Zealand have met the families of the deceased. “We have established contact with the 10 families and are constantly in touch with them,” he said.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that he has spoken to his counterpart in New Zealand. “The foreign minister said that New Zealand is a peace loving nation.” He has expressed concern and said that the shooter was an Australian, Mr Qureshi said.

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The federal minister said that bodies will be sent to the families on Monday. We asked the families about the burial and six of the families want their loved ones to be buried in Christchurch, while three bodies will be sent to Pakistan, he added.

He shared that he has spoken to Turkish foreign minister. “We agreed to hold an urgent meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the OIC,” he said. The meeting will be held in Istanbul on March 22.