Shooting victims’ family members fly to NZ today

Published March 18, 2019
Mourners embrace Rizwan Rasheed (C), elder brother of Pakistani national Naeem Rasheed, who was killed in the Christchurch attacks, at their house in Abbottabad on March 17, 2019. — AFP
Mourners embrace Rizwan Rasheed (C), elder brother of Pakistani national Naeem Rasheed, who was killed in the Christchurch attacks, at their house in Abbottabad on March 17, 2019. — AFP

ABBOTTABAD: The mother of Naeem Rasheed, who died in New Zealand mosque shooting along with his son Talha Naeem, and her other son left for Lahore on Sunday to take a flight to Christchurch on Monday morning to attend their funeral.

Amna Sardar, first cousin of late Rasheed, a former MPA, has appreciated the efforts of the federal government for quick arrangements of visa for the grieved family, providing an opportunity to ill-fated mother and her son to visit the family in New Zeeland to attend the funeral prayers.

The Islamic Council is making all arrangements there while Pakistan Embassy is also helping out in this regard, say family members.

Meanwhile, a large number of people continued pouring at the residence of Rasheed for the second day to offer Fateha.

They included high ranking civil and military officials, KP Assembly Speaker Mushtaq Ahmed Ghani, local MNA and MPA.

Published in Dawn, March 18th, 2019

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