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Proud of Pak national killed by ‘White Supremacist terrorist’, says Imran Khan

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has lauded his countryman Mian Naeem Rashid, who he said was ‘martyred trying to tackle the White Supremacist terrorist’, two days after 50 people were killed in attacks on two mosques in New Zealand’s worst mass shooting in modern history.

world Updated: Mar 17, 2019 18:03 IST
HT Correspondent
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New Delhi
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The death toll from Friday’s massacre in the South Island city of Christchurch has risen to 50 after another victim was located at one of the crime scenes, police said on Sunday.(AFP)

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has lauded his countryman Mian Naeem Rashid, who he said was ‘martyred trying to tackle the White Supremacist terrorist’, two days after 50 people were killed in attacks on two mosques in New Zealand’s worst mass shooting in modern history.

In his tweet on Sunday, the Pakistan PM said: “We stand ready to extend all our support to the families of Pakistani victims of the terrorist attack in Christchurch. Pakistan is proud of Mian Naeem Rashid who was martyred trying to tackle the White Supremacist terrorist & his courage will be recognized with a national award.”

The death toll from Friday’s massacre in the South Island city of Christchurch has risen to 50 after another victim was located at one of the crime scenes, police said on Sunday. One person has been charged with murder while three other people apprehended with firearms are not believed to be involved, they said.

“At this point, only one person has been charged in relation to these attacks,” Commissioner Mike Bush told reporters. “I will not be saying anything conclusive until we are absolutely convinced as to how many people were involved.”

Brenton Tarrant, a 28-year-old Australian man, appeared in the Christchurch District Court yesterday charged with one count of murder. He entered no plea and was remanded in custody until April 5. He is expected to face further charges, police said.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said she is seeking advice on Tarrant’s possible deportation to Australia but it was too soon to say whether that is likely.

(With agency inputs)

First Published: Mar 17, 2019 11:30 IST