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PM Imran Khan announces national award for Pakistani hero Naeem Rashid

PM Imran Khan announces national award for Pakistani hero Naeem Rashid

ISLAMABAD (DNA) – Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan on Sunday announced a national award for a Pakistani Naeem Rashid, who had fought courageously with terrorist Brenton Tarrant while he was mercilessly killing worshippers in Al-Noor and Linwood mosques during Friday’s prayers in New Zealand.

The premier also announced assistance for the bereaved families of the nine Pakistani victims.

“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 and his courage will be recognized with a national award,” PM Imran tweeted.

Rashid, a resident of Jinnahabad in Abbottabad and a professor in New Zealand, was present at the Al-Noor Mosque in Christchurch when Tarrant unleashed a hail of bullets at kneeling worshippers.

On the deadliest attack, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described termed it as New Zealand’s “darkest day” while Rashid sacrificed his life trying to stop the shooter.

His son, 22-year-old Talha Naeem, a civil engineering graduate, was among those who lost their lives in the shooting.

Rashid, who was injured in his bid to overpower the attacker, passed away on Saturday after succumbing to his injuries.

A total of nine Pakistanis were martyred in the attack.

Earlier, Prime Minister Imran had condemned the terrorist attack on the two mosques in Christchurch and said that terrorism does not have a religion.

“Shocked and strongly condemn the Christchurch, New Zealand, terrorist attack on mosques. This reaffirms what we have always maintained: that terrorism does not have a religion. Prayers go to the victims and their families,” he had tweeted.

“I blame these increasing terror attacks on the current Islamophobia post-9/11 where Islam and 1.3 billion Muslims have collectively been blamed for any act of terror by a Muslim. This has been done deliberately to also demonize legitimate Muslim political struggles,” PM Imran had added.

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