Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday condemned the terror attack at Christchurch in New Zealand and blamed Islamophobia for the mass shootings that killed at least 49 people.
Expressing his regret over the attack in New Zealand, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan tweeted, “Shocked and strongly condemn the Christchurch, New Zealand, terrorist attack on mosques.”
Imran Khan added that the Christchurch attack “reaffirmed what Pakistan has always maintained”.
“Terrorism does not have a religion. Prayers go to the victims and their families,” Imran Khan said.
Pinning the blame on Islamohobia for the attack, Imran Khan tweeted, “I blame these increasing terror attacks on the current Islamophobia post-9/11 where Islam & 1.3 bn Muslims have collectively been blamed for any act of terror by a Muslim.”
He said it has been “done deliberately to demonise legitimate Muslim political struggles”.
At least 49 people were killed in Christchurch of New Zealand on Friday after a terror attack at two mosques. Four were arrested by the New Zealand Police and one of them was charged with murder.
As many as 41 people died at one mosque, seven at another and one person died in hospital, New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush told reporters, describing the attack as a “very well-planned event”.
The man charged with murder is in his late 20s and should appear in Christchurch court on Saturday, Bush added.
The gunman broadcast live footage on Facebook of the attack on one mosque in the city of Christchurch. The visiting Bangladesh cricket team was arriving for prayers at one of the mosques when the shooting started but all members were safe, a team coach told Reuters.