People pay their respects in front of floral tributes for victims of the March 15 mosque attacks, in Christchurch. File Photo/ AFP
KARACHI (Pakistan): The body of a 26-year-old Pakistani who was among 50 worshippers killed during attacks on mosques in New Zealand has arrived at an airport in the southern port city of Karachi.
Syed Areeb Ahmed was among nine Pakistanis who were killed on March 15 when a white supremacist shot people inside two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.
On Monday, his sobbing father Syed Ayaz Ahmed, family members and government officials received his body.
Ahmed was an only son who had immigrated to New Zealand for work, according to his uncle Muhammad Muzaffar Khan.
Last week, Pakistan observed a day of mourning for the victims and honored another Pakistani, Naeem Rashid, who died along with his son after trying to tackle the gunman.
New Zealand's prime minister has announced a top-level inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the massacre of 50 people in two Christchurch mosques.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says the country's highest form of investigation, a royal commission of inquiry, was appropriate for "matters of the gravest public importance."
Her Cabinet had previously agreed on holding an inquiry, but had not decided what kind of investigation would be held.
She said the Cabinet agreed Monday a royal commission of inquiry "will look at what could have or should have been done to prevent the attack."
An Australian white supremacist has been charged with murder for the March 15 attacks.
Christchurch police launched an urgent investigation on Wednesday to find out whether a man who died after an early morning stand-off with armed officers had links to mosque attacks which killed 50 people.
New Zealand is banning the sale of assault rifles and semi-automatic weapons with almost immediate effect, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Thursday, rapidly making good on a pledge to tighten the country’s gun laws.
The French Council of the Muslim Faith (CFCM) said on Monday it was suing internet giants Facebook and YouTube for allowing the public broadcast of a live video by the man who carried out the New Zealand mosque massacre this month.
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and Saudi Arabia’s King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has called the leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states as well as the heads of states of Arab League countries for two extraordinary summits in the Holy City of Makkah on May 30, to look into the recent acts of sabotage against commercial vessels off the UAE waters and the dual terrorist attacks against two Saudi pumping stations, and their consequences on the region.
Ajman University Chancellor Dr Karim Seghir, and French Ambassador to the UAE Ludovic Pouille with the staff of Alliance directed by Bernard Frontero opened the “Alliance Française Ajman” (AFA) Centre on Sunday morning at Ajman University, Student Hub.
Dr Thani Bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, UAE Minister for Climate Change and Environment, represented the country on a global stage on Sunday at the Cannes Film Festival 2019 for a different kind of accolade, albeit one still linked to the environment.
In line with the Dubai Silk Road Strategy, the promotion of Chinese Alternative Medicine (CAM) and (TCM) in Dubai was sealed with the formal launch on Sunday at the Mohammed Bin Rashid Academic Medical Centre of the Dubai Healthcare City (DHC) free zone.