Pakistani killed in Christchurch massacre to be given national award: Imran Khan

Arturo Kim
March 20, 2019

"This is the mosque they always went to". The minister said he will leave for China tonight (Sunday) to attend Pak-China Strategic Dialogue and to talk on other issues of bilateral importance.

Prime Minister Imran Khan announced that the bravery award would be given to the man, who is believed to be Naeem Rashid, on Sunday.

Rashid, and his son were killed on Friday March 15 when an armed man opened fire at two mosques in New Zealand.

According to eyewitnesses, Naeem risked his life to save others and tried to tackle the shooter.

For Pakistan, which has suffered thousands of deaths from extremist violence over the years while facing accusations of allowing militant Islamist groups to operate from its soil, the attack showed that terrorism was a universal phenomenon. Police rammed the suspect's vehicle and arrested him as he drove away from the second mosque in the suburb of Linwood.

"The primary aim of the activity is to formally obtain material that may assist New Zealand Police in their ongoing investigation", the police said in a statement. They spoke regularly about how grateful they were to be raising their families in countries where diversity was respected and accepted.

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Syrian Solidarity New Zealand spokesman Ali Akil said Mr Mustafa's wife was in total shock and deeply horrified while trying to look after her hospitalised son. Just heard about the news.

The Islamic Council is making all arrangements there while Pakistan Embassy is also helping out in this regard, say family members.

Naeem Rashid was the first cousin of Aamna Sardar, former Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz lawmaker of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly, and a nephew of Dr Saleem Afzal, former medical director of the renowned Ayub Medical Complex.

In the post's comments, a number of social media users credited the organizers for the decision and said it was the right thing to do.

It was also disclosed that the main suspect in the attacks had visited Pakistan previous year.

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