CHRISTCHURCH :– Nine Pakistanis were pronounced dead by New Zealand s authorities in Friday s terror attack on two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch, according to Pakistan’s Foreign Office (FO) Spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal.
He took to Twitter on Sunday and informed that Zeeshan Raza, his father Ghulam Hussain and mother Karam bibi have been confirmed dead, raising the death toll of martyred Pakistanis to nine.
The list of martyred Pakistanis include:
- Mr. Sohail Shahid
- Syed Jahandad Ali (Lahore)
- Syed Areeb Ahmed (Karachi)
- Mr. Mahboob Haroon (Islamabad)
- Mr. Naeem Rashid (Abbotabad)
- Mr. Talha Naeem (Abbotabad)
- Mr Zeeshan Raza
- Mr Ghulam Hussain
- Ms Karam
Mr Zeeshan Raza, his father Mr Ghulam Hussain and mother Ms. Karam bibi have now been confirmed to have embraced shahadat in the terrroist attack in #NewZealand. We are in touch with their family. A total of 9 Pakistanis embraced shahadat in #NewZealandTerrorAttack
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FS Tehmina Janjua telephonically spoke to Amb Hamish McMaster New Zealand’s Tehran based Amb also accredited to Pak
FS conveyed condolences on tragic loss of life in the terrorist attack in #Christchurch & requested for facilitation in assisting families of affected Pakistanis
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Furthermore, a circular was released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Islamabad notifying details regarding visa facilitation for the immediate family members of the victims.
According to the notification, family members can log in here to apply for a visit visa. Once applications are submitted, the applicants are advised to send their application numbers, along with scanned copies of their passports to Mr Moin Fudda, Honorary Consul General of New Zealand for Pakistan at:
- Email: [email protected]
- Whatsapp: +923428200200
In the event of any difficulties, for example in filling out financial details, the applicants should inform by letter that they are the relatives of the victims of the Christchurch attack, the circular further advises.
Earlier, the press release stated that the information about the three missing Pakistanis will be shared once their identity is confirmed by the local authorities.
Moreover, FO spokesperson said Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi had instructed authorities for maximum possible assistance to the bereaved families.
Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua also spoke to New Zealand ambassador in Tehran Hamish MacMaster, who is also accredited to Pakistan, via telephone, Dr Faisal said.
The foreign secretary conveyed condolences on the tragic loss of lives in the terrorist attack in Christchurch and requested for facilitation in assisting families of affected Pakistanis.