NZ massacre: Pakistani hailed for heroic act, PM announced national award

NEW DELHI: A Pakistani man has lost his life while trying to overpower the armed shooter during the New Zealand attack, according to a media report.

49-year-old Naeem Rashid was seen in the viral livestreamed video rushing to the Australian gunman and received bullet while attempting to protect other worshippers in Al Noor Mosque.

He succumbed to his wounds while undergoing treatment following the attack.

“Naeem Rashid tried overpowering the shooter identified as Brenton Tarrant after he had entered the mosque, however, he was left badly wounded during the attempt aimed at protecting fellow worshipers,” the Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis said in a statement.

His 21-year-old son, Talha Naeem, also died in the mass shooting that left at least 50 dead and many others wounded.

Prime Minister Imran Khan has announced a national award for this heroic Pakistani who died in an effort to stop the gunman.

Khan tweeted early this morning: “We stand ready to extend all our support to the families of Pakistani victims of the terrorist attack in Christchurch. Pakistan is proud of Mian Naeem Rashid who was martyred trying to tackle the White Supremacist terrorist & his courage will be recognized with a national award.”

Rashid, a teacher from Abbattobad had moved to Christchurch in 2009 is survived by his wife, Ambareen Alam, who teaches at a university in Christchurch, and two sons.

Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal had on Saturday released a list of Pakistanis that were considered ‘missing’.

A self-professed 28-year-old white supremacist he flashed a white power symbol when he arrived in court on Sunday. His meandering “manifesto” is filled with racist vitriol, detailing two years of planning for the massacre.

With agency inputs