The Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of New Zealand, Mr. Rt. Honourable Winston Peters, called Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, on telephone and expressed his deepest condolences over the killing of Nine Pakistani nationals and one critically injured, in the terrorist attack on two mosques in the Christchurch, New Zealand, on 15 March 2019. He conveyed his condolences and sympathies with the bereaved families of the innocent victims.
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi condemned the attack and called it a heinous and cowardly act. He also expressed deep sorrow on behalf of the Government and people of Pakistan, over the loss of 50 precious lives and 34 critically injured. He said that the menace of terrorism had reached shores of a peaceful and beautiful country like New Zealand. The mindless killing spree carried out by the terrorists once again proved that terrorism knows no religion or boundaries. Pakistan itself was a victim of terrorism and has lost more than 70,000 innocent lives. This affirms Pakistan’s narrative that terrorism is an international phenomenon, having no religion and should not be associated with any religion.
The Foreign Minister wished speedy recovery to those injured in the incident. He assured Pakistan’s support to the government and people of New Zealand in this hour of grief. The Foreign Minster requested his counterpart for full assistance in the transportation of dead bodies to Pakistan.
17 March 2019
Last modified: November 14, 2019
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