Pakistan holds candlelight vigil for victims of Christchurch mosque attacks

Pakistani Muslims and Christians demonstrated on Monday (March 18) against the Christchurch mosque attacks that killed 50 people and injured dozens more on Friday (March 15).

The demonstrators also held a vigil to pay their respects to those that perished in the attack along with the dozens that were injured in the shootings.

Nine Pakistanis were among the people killed at the two mosques when a gunman opened fire on worshippers during Friday prayers.

The Pakistan government pledged support for families of all the Pakistani victims and Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi announced a national day of mourning with flags flown at half mast on Monday.

Pakistani president Arif Alvi visited and held prayers with the families of Zeeshan Ahmed and Syed Areeb Ahmed, victims of the mass shootings.

None of the bodies of the victims were immediately released due to the investigation, leaving families unable to bury their dead within the 24 hours customary in Islam.

Muslims account for just over 1 percent of New Zealand’s population. The attack, which Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern labelled as terrorism, was the worst ever peacetime mass killing in New Zealand.

(Production: Waseem Sattar, Shahabuddin Shahab)

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