Pakistan confirms four nationals injured, five missing after Christchurch shooting

Pakistan confirms four nationals injured, five missing after Christchurch shooting

ISLAMABAD: Four Pakistani nationals were injured in the terrorist attack on two Mosques in New Zealand, Foreign Office said Friday.

Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal, while talking to Geo News, said the injured have been admitted to hospital.

The spokesman said five other Pakistani nationals are missing following the shooting.

The details of the missing Pakistani nationals have not yet been received, he said and expressed hope they will ascertain the details of the missing and injured citizens soon.

Attacks on two Christchurch mosques left at least 49 dead Friday, with one gunman — identified as an Australian extremist — apparently livestreaming the assault that triggered the lockdown of the New Zealand city.

In what appeared to be the worst attack against Muslims in a western country, witnesses spoke of victims being shot at close range, with women and children believed to be among those killed.

The gunman at one mosque was an Australian-born citizen, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said in Sydney, describing him as “an extremist, right-wing, violent terrorist”.

It was not immediately clear how many attackers were involved, but Ardern said three men had been taken into custody.

Pakistan on Friday condemned in the strongest possible terms, the heinous terrorist attack earlier today on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, that resulted in loss of over 40 innocent lives, and critical injury to 20 others.

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In a statement issued by Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the spokesman said “At this difficult moment, the people and government of Pakistan stand in solidarity with the people and government of New Zealand, the bereaved families and the affected community. We express our deepest condolences on the loss of precious lives, and pray for quick recovery of the wounded.”

Pakistan views this terrorist attack as an assault on the values of freedom of conscience and association common to all mankind, the statement said and added Pakistan earnestly hopes that the government of New Zealand will take immediate action to bring the perpetrators and abettors of this terror attack to justice, and ensure the safety and security of the affected communities.

Our High Commission in New Zealand is in touch with the concerned authorities in New Zealand to obtain further details. 

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