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PM Khan telephones his NZ counterpart to condemn terror attack

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday condemned the terrorist attack on mosques in Christchurch, martyring 50 worshipers, ARY News reported.

In a telephonic conversation with his New Zealand counterpart Jacinda Ardern, the premier strongly condemned the attack and admired the humane handling of the situation after the massacre.

He appreciated the quick response of the local authorities and the high level of respect shown by the Prime Minister of New Zealand for Muslims.

Mr Khan maintained that Ardern has shown the way to other leaders in the face of rising Islamophobia and global extremism.

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Miss Ardern lauded the sacrifice of Pakistani national Naeem Rashid, who laid down his live in order to save other worshipers in the mosque.

50-year old Rashid who hailed from Abbottabad was a university professor. He received martyrdom along with his 21-year-old son Talha in the Christchurch attacks when a self-confessed white supremacist Brenton Tarrant opened fire during Friday prayers, killing at least 50 and leaving two dozen others injured.

A white supremacist gunman streamed his 17 minutes of carnage in which he is accused of shooting dead 50 Muslim worshipers during their Friday prayers, while several sustained injuries who are under treatment in the hospital.

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