Christchurch attacks: Body of Pakistani victim to arrive in Karachi on Monday 


WELLINGTON/ISLAMABAD: The body of a Pakistani man who embraced martyrdom in Christchurch terrorist attack in New Zealand will be brought to the homeland on Monday.

Pakistan’s High Commissioner to New Zealand has handed over the remains of Pakistani man Areeb Ahmed to the international airline.  The plane will land at the Jinnah International Airport on Monday.  His funeral prayer will be performed in Dastagir No 9 area and he would be buried in Karachi the same day.

Ahmed had recently moved to Christchurch to work as a chartered accountant on secondment at PriceWaterhouseCooper. He was an only son. One of his uncles, Muhammad Muzaffar Khan, described him as deeply religious, praying five times a day.

On March 17, Foreign Office (FO) Spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal said that 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.

Dr Faisal said Sohail Shahid, Syed Jahandad Ali, Syed Areeb Ahmed, Mahboob Haroon, Naeem Rashid and his son Talha Naeem, Mr Zeeshan Raza, Mr Ghulam Hussain, Ms Karam have been announced dead by the authorities.“Our Mission and family members of the missing persons, currently in Christchurch, are assisting in this process,” he said.