ISLAMABAD: With the confirmation of the deaths of Zeeshan Raza, his father Ghulam Hussain & mother Karam Bibi, the total number of Pakistanis killed in the NZ Mosques has risen to nine.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) spokesman took to the twitter to confirm the deaths saying that MoFA officials were in touch with their family.
Prime Minister too used Twitter to state: “We stand ready to extend all our support to the families of Pakistani victims of the terrorist attack in Christchurch”.
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi
Shah Mehmood Qureshi said he spoke to New Zealand Foreign Minister on telephone in length who said the assailant attacked two mosques and the whole act continued for 36 minutes. He said the identification of bodies was a complicated and difficult process but all of them have been identified and from tomorrow the process of handing these over to relatives will start. The New Zealand Foreign Minister further told that investigation is being held on the motives of terrorist.
The Foreign Minister said casualties of Pakistanis stand at 10 and one of them is a critically injured person who is undergoing treatment at ICU. He said fifty people were martyred in this tragic incident.
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said Pakistan High Commission in New Zealand is making all out efforts for affected Pakistanis in that country. He said families of six martyred want to bury them in New Zealand while three have expressed wish to bury their dead in Pakistan.
He said he will leave for China tonight to attend Pak China Strategic Dialogue and to talk on other issues of bilateral importance. Shah Mehmood Qureshi said China has time and again proved that it is a sincere friend of Pakistan. He said more consultations will be held with China on future course of events in the region.
A relevant piece published earlier:
Cops violating sanctity of uniform have no place in dept: IGP
LAHORE: IG Punjab Police Arif Nawaz Khan here said that police officials violating the sanctity of uniform have no place in the department.
He directed CPO Rawalpindi Rana Faisal to personally monitor the investigation into the matter of stated rape of a girl by policemen, followed by an exemplary departmental and legal action against them including dismissal from service. He said that the protection of lives and properties of people was his first priority.
On receiving the complaint, the police arrested the officials after registering an FIR and now legal procedure was being followed for their further investigation.
The IGP directed the CPO Rawalpindi to contact the family of victim ensuring that they did not face any difficulty. He also ordered for ensuring the provision of any assistance required by the victim in her case on a priority basis.
Three terrorists awarded 2 counts life imprisonment, 14 additional years in prison
BAHAWALPUR: Anti-terrorism Court Bahawalpur has awarded two counts of life imprisonment and an additional 14 years in prison to three terrorists here today.
According to the prosecution, judge Shabbir Ahmad Awan in his verdict directed to seize all the properties of three terrorists namely Tariq, Daud, and Sajjad.
These three terrorists were arrested by the Counter Terrorism Department last year near railway crossing of Baghdad-ul-Jadeed Campus of the Islamia University of Bahawalpur.
Two suicide vests, hand grenades, and other arms and ammunition were recovered from their possession. These three terrorism belonged to banned outfit Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan.
Pak. urges more global coop. to plug illicit fin. flows
UNITED NATIONS: Pakistan has called for “more coherent” collaboration at the national and the international levels to prevent and counter illicit financial flows (IFFs) the illegal movements of money or capital from one country to another.
“My Government’s firm resolve against corrupt practices calls for a more proactive role by our partners, in line with international legal instruments, including the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC),” Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi told a high-level meeting on the growing problem of illicit financial flows that adversely affect economic progress, especially in the developing countries.
“It (IFFs) is a key contributory factor for the economic underperformance of developing countries and a major obstacle to poverty eradication,” the Pakistani envoy said.
According to the estimates of UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNDOC), illicit financial flows, stemming only from criminal proceeds, amount to around 2.1 trillion dollars annually.
That, Ambassador Lodhi said, was almost equivalent to the annual financing gap of 2.5 trillion dollars faced by developing countries in investment in core sustainable development goals-related sectors.
Developing countries are disproportionally affected by the negative consequences of illicit financial flows, Ambassador Lodhi said, pointing to their lack of capacity and resources to prevent and counter these flows.
“Estimates of Pakistan’s stolen financial resources stashed abroad run into millions of dollars, for which we seek international cooperation to complement our intensified domestic efforts.”
Multinational companies using the resources of developing countries for profits should also contribute to their development, she said.
The Pakistani envoy also called for addressing loopholes that impede developing countries’ ability to combat illicit financial flows, as significant challenges and gaps remain.
These include lack of an agreed definition of IFFs; difficulties in reliable measurement of IFFs due to their disguised nature; increasing use of information and communication technologies and crypto-currencies by criminals; inadequate participation of developing countries in multilateral initiatives and their lack of capacity in combating IFFs.
Other major hurdles in efforts against IFFs include lack of sufficient political will and familiarity with procedural requirements, secrecy, different evidentiary standards, differences in legal procedures, and delays in responding to mutual legal assistance requests.
In conclusion, Ambassador Lodhi stressed the need for “more coherent collaboration, both at the national and the international level, to make more concerted efforts against illicit financial flows.”