Imran calls New Zealand premier, condemns mosque attack

Premier invited PM Ardern to visit Pakistan

Our Correspondent March 21, 2019
PM Imran also invited PM Ardern to visit Pakistan. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday called New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and condemned the terrorist attack against two mosques in Christchurch by a right-wing terrorist.

The premier also expressed his admiration for the humane handling of the situation by the New Zealand authorities.

PM Imran appreciated the quick response and the high level of respect shown by Ardern for the Muslim community.

"Prime Minister Ardern has shown the way to other leaders in the face of rising Islamophobia and global extremism," the premier said, adding that, he was calling PM Ardern on behalf of the people of Pakistan to thank her for her compassion, leadership and decisions that won her many admirers in Pakistan.

New Zealand bans assault weapons, triggering similar calls in US

The premier conveyed his condolences on the loss of 50 precious lives."Pakistan is itself a victim of terrorism and has lost more than 70,000 innocent lives," PM Imran said, adding that, Pakistan stands by the government and people of New Zealand in this hour of grief.

Prime Minister Arden also said that New Zealand was in shock and informed PM Imran of immediate actions taken after the attack including the banning of all military style semi and automatic guns and assault rifles.

She also acknowledged the sacrifices of Pakistanis in the attack, particularly the bravery and valour of Naeem Rasheed.

PM Ardern assured that New Zealand, while valuing the contribution of the Muslim community, assured them freedom and protections.

The premier also invited PM Ardern to visit Pakistan.