Foreign Office Spokesman Dr Mohamad Faisal

6 Pakistanis martyred in Christchurch terrorist attack

ISLAMABAD – Six Pakistanis were martyred in the terrorist attack on two mosques at Christchurch, New Zealand, yesterday.

This was confirmed by Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr. Muhammad Faisal in a statement on twitter today.

He said New Zealand authorities have pronounced Sohail Shahid, Syed Jahandad Ali, Syed Areeb Ahmed, Mahboob Haroon, Naeem Rashid and his son Talha Naeem as dead.

He said Muslim and Pakistani Association in the city has assisted in the arrangements.

He said the Mission is working with families of other four victims for possible transport of dead bodies to Pakistan.

The Spokesperson said three other Pakistanis are still missing.

He said they have informed that they have forty-nine dead bodies.

The Spokesperson said Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has directed that all possible help and assistance be extended to the families of the deceased and missing Pakistanis in the NewZealand terrorist incident.

Meanwhile, Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua has requested New Zealand for facilitation in assisting families of affected Pakistanis in Christchurch.

She was talking to New Zealand’s Ambassador Hamish McMaster who is in Tehran and accredit to Pakistan.

She also conveyed condolences on tragic loss of life in the terrorist attack in Christchurch.