Death toll of Pakistanis in New Zealand terror attacks rises to 9

Death toll of Pakistanis in New Zealand terror attacks rises to 9

Death toll of Pakistanis in New Zealand terror attacks rises to 9

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Twitter that the country is proud of Rashid, and his courage will be recognized with a national award.

A courageous Pakistani national who died in the ghastly Christchurch terror attack on two mosques will be conferred with a national award posthumously for trying to tackle the White supremacist gunman before being shot dead by him.

"His life was all about that", Khan said, adding that Rashid and his son, Talha Naeem, gave their lives trying to snatch the attacker's gun.

The death toll of Pakistani killed in the Christchurch terror attack in New Zealand has risen to nine, the foreign office said Sunday morning.

He said that she would attend her son's last rituals.

A 28-year-old Australian-born man has been charged with murder.

Stories of Rashid's bravery came to light on Saturday, after he was identified in the video of the attacks recorded by the gunman and posted online.

His two targets were the Masjid al Noor mosque, where 41 people died, and a second, smaller mosque in the suburb of Linwood, where seven more died.

Naeem Rashid, a former banker, was reported to have moved to New Zealand to pursue graduate studies.

Naeem Rashid is being remembered as a hero.

"Mr Zeeshan Raza, his father Mr Ghulam Hussain and mother Ms. Karam bibi have now been confirmed to have embraced shahadat [martyrdom] in the terrorist attack in New Zealand", FO Spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal confirmed in a tweet on Sunday.

The Foreign Ministry on Saturday confirmed six Pakistani citizens lost their lives in the attack, while three are still missing.

This he had said while addressing a news briefing in Islamabad.

"Whatever the families will decide, we will respect it and fulfill their wishes", he said, adding that flags will be flown at half-mast in Pakistan on Monday in honour of the victims.

Another Pakistani remains in critical condition in hospital.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said she is seeking advice on Tarrant's possible deportation to Australia but it was too soon to say whether that is likely.

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