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Nine Pakistanis killed in New Zealand attack – FO

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan Foreign Office on Sunday confirmed that nine Pakistanis were killed while one person was critically injured in the “terrorist attack” on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Foreign Office spokesperson Muhammad Faisal in a statement to media confirmed that death toll of Pakistani nationals killed in the Christchurch terrorist attack has reached nine. “We are in touch with their family,” the spokesperson added.

Earlier, Pakistan Foreign Office confirmed killing of six nationals in the attack. The Crisis Management Cell at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Islamabad and the High Commission of Pakistan in Wellington, New Zealand, are working for assistance to the families including visas and transportation of the dead bodies to Pakistan, at the earliest.

The Pakistani flag will remain half-mast at all national buildings on Monday to mourn the deaths of Pakistanis in New Zealand.

Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan in a message said, “We stand ready to extend all our support to the families of Pakistani victims of the terrorist attack in Christchurch.” Meanwhile, New Zealand Foreign Minister Winston Peters telephoned Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and expressed his deepest condolences over the killing of nine Pakistani nationals. He conveyed his condolences and sympathies with the bereaved families of the innocent victims.

Qureshi condemned the attack and called it a heinous and cowardly act. He also expressed deep sorrow on behalf of the Government and people of Pakistan, over the loss of 50 precious lives and 34 critically injured.

He said the menace of terrorism has reached shores of a peaceful and beautiful country like New Zealand. The mindless killing spree carried out by the terrorists once again proved that terrorism knows no religion or boundaries, he said.

Source: Kuwait News Agency