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Pakistan Releases List of Missing Citizens After NZ Mosque Attacks

ISLAMABAD – The Pakistani Foreign Office (FO) has released a list of Pakistani nationals that have been missing after the terror attacks on two mosques in New Zealand (NZ), Pakistan Today reported Saturday.
These include: Zeeshan Shah, his father and mother, Haroon Mahmood who hails from Rawalpindi, Sohail Shahid, Syed Areeb Ahmed, Syed Jahanand Ali.
Earlier, a Pakistani man who attempted to buffer a white supremacist terrorist’s attempts of shooting worshipers at a mosque in New Zealand succumbed to his injuries, it was reported.
Naeem Rashid, who hailed from Abbottabad, was injured as he attempted to overpower the attacker. His son, Talha Naeem, also passed away in the deadly attack at Al Noor Mosque.
At least four Pakistani nationals were reportedly injured and five others were missing after violent gun attacks, according to Pakistan’s Foreign Office. They were admitted to a hospital while the search for the missing is underway.
A right-wing extremist who filmed himself on a shooting rampage flashed a white power gesture as he appeared in a New Zealand court on Saturday and was charged with murder.
Australian-born 28-year-old Brenton Tarrant stood in the dock wearing handcuffs and a white prison smock, as the judge read a single murder charge against him. A raft of further charges are expected.
The former fitness instructor and self-professed fascist occasionally turned to look at media present in court during the brief hearing that the public were excluded from for security reasons.
Flanked by armed police he made an upside-down “okay” signal, a symbol used by white power groups across the globe. He did not request bail and was taken into custody until his next court appearance which is scheduled for April 5.
A short distance from the court, 39 people were being treated in hospital for gunshot wounds and other injuries inflicted in the massacre.
The wounded included a two-year-old boy and a four-year-old girl, who was in critical condition.
In a separate development, an imam who was leading prayers at one of the mosques said the Muslim community’s love for New Zealand would not be shaken by the massacre, reported the Telegraph.
“We still love this country,” said Ibrahim Abdul Halim, imam of Linwood Mosque, vowing that extremists would “Never ever touch our confidence.”
Halim gave a harrowing account of the moment during Friday prayers when gunshots rang out in the mosque, replacing peaceful reflection with screaming, bloodshed and death.
“Everyone laid down on the floor, and some women started crying, some people died immediately,” he said.
But, he said, New Zealand Muslims still felt at home in the south Pacific nation.
He said the majority of New Zealanders “are very keen to support all of us, to give us full solidarity”, describing how strangers exchanged hugs with him on Saturday.
“They start to… give me big hug, and give me more solidarity. This is something very important.”
At least 49 people were killed and 20 injured in the New Zealand city of Christchurch on Friday when at least one gunman opened fire on worshipers in two separate mosques.
The attack, which came around the time people were attending the mosques for Friday prayers, was the deadliest in the western nation’s history.
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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