Pakistani flag flies at half-mast to mourn NZ terror attack
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that Pakistani flag will remain half-mast at all national buildings on Monday to mourn the deaths of Pakistanis who were martyred, among others, in the terrorist attacks on mosques in New Zealand (NZ).
Martyred Naeem to be given national award on March 23
Addressing a press conference on Sunday, he said the Prime Minister has also decided that martyred Mian Naeem Rashid will be given national award on 23rd of March this year for his heroic struggle against the white supremacist terrorist during the attack.
Meeting of Council of Foreign Ministers of OIC
The minister said he made a contact with his Turkish counterpart and it has been decided to convene an emergency meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation on 22nd of this month in Istanbul. He said Turkey being chair of the council floated the idea and Pakistan has seconded it.
Root causes of growing Islamophobia in West
During the meeting, efforts will be made to unify the Ummah and devise a strategy to know the root causes of growing Islamophobia in West and its implications for Muslims around the world. Shah Mehmood Qureshi said he will represent Pakistan in the meeting.
FM Qureshi said he spoke to New Zealand Foreign Minister on telephone in length who said the assailant attacked two mosques and the whole act continued for 36 minutes.
He said the identification of bodies was a complicated and difficult process but all of them have been identified and from tomorrow the process of handing these over to relatives will start. “The New Zealand Foreign Minister further told that investigation is being held on the motives of terrorist,” he said.
Casualties of Pakistanis stand at 10 in NZ mosque attack
The foreign minister said casualties of Pakistanis stand at 10 and one of them is a critically injured person who is undergoing treatment at ICU. He said fifty people were martyred in this tragic incident.
Pakistan HC in NZ making all out efforts for affected Pakistanis
Shah Mehmood Qureshi said Pakistan High Commission in New Zealand is making all out efforts for affected Pakistanis in that country. He said families of six martyred want to bury them in New Zealand while three have expressed wish to bury their dead in Pakistan.
FM to leave for China tonight to attend Pak-China Strategic Dialogue
He said he will leave for China tonight to attend Pak China Strategic Dialogue and to talk on other issues of bilateral importance. Shah Mehmood Qureshi said China has time and again proved that it is a sincere friend of Pakistan. He said more consultations will be held with China on future course of events in the region.