CHRISTCHURCH: According to confirmed media reports, two Pakistani citizens embraced martyrdom in the Christchurch terrorist attack, with one of them being praised as a hero for his attempt to stop the shooter during the attack.
One Pakistani identified as Naeem Rashid, succumbed to his wounds while under treatment following the attack and was identified as the individual who rushed at the right-wing terrorist attacking the mosque.
At least 49 people were killed and dozens wounded in the deadly attack which New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said was “one of the darkest days in New Zealand” after she referred to it as terrorism.
Rashid, hailing from Abbottabad, received bullet wounds as he tried to overpower the shooter as he entered one of the mosques in Christchurch.
His son, Talha Rashid also lost his life in the same attack. Rashid’s brother Dr Khurshid Alam also confirmed the deaths.
Speaking to US news channel in Abbottabad, Dr Alam brother of martyred Pakistani national said his brother was residing in New Zealand for seven years and was a teacher at a university. “My nephew was a student,” he said.
Spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal also confirmed in a tweet that another injured Pakistani was critical.
A number of other Pakistan citizens were also present in the mosques during the time of the attack.
Late on Friday, Foreign Office confirmed that four Pakistanis were injured and five others are missing in the mosque shootings. Pakistan High Commission in New Zealand was in contact with local authorities to ascertain the identity of the people who are missing.
Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal on Saturday released a list of Pakistani citizens missing after the New Zealand mosque attacks.
Nine Pakistanis are missing since the attack on two Christchurch mosques that left at least 49 people dead, according to the FO spokesperson.
The list shared by the FO spokesperson is as follows:
1) Zeeshan Raza
2) Father of Zeeshan Raza
3) Mother of Zeeshan Raza
4) Haroon Mahmood, s/o Shahid Mehmood, mother’s name Sabiha Mahmood. Resident of Rawalpindi. Age: 40 years.
5) Sohail Shahid s/o Muhammad Shabbir. Born 6/01/1983. Age: 40 years
6) Syed Areeb Ahmed, s/o Ayaz Ahmed, m/n Tanzeem Fatima, r/o Karachi. Born 12-10-1992. Age 26 years.
7) Syed Jahanand Ali. Born 24/01/1985. Age: 34 years
8) Talha Naeem, m/n Shandana, r/o Abbottabad. Born 16/7/1997. Age 22 years.
9) Naeem Rashid, s/o Abdul Rashid, r/o Abbottabad.