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:
‘World to lose $6 trillion due to cyber-attacks by 2020’
ANKARA: Companies and households all around the world may incur losses worth $6 trillion due to cyberattacks by 2020, said head of Turkey’s Mobile Service Provider Businessmen’s Association (MOBILSIAD).
The world lost $3 trillion due to cyberattacks in 2015 and these financial losses are predicted to reach $3.5 trillion last year, Prof. Kerem Alkin told state news agency.
He stressed that in 2020, the world’s cyber-security expenses, which are currently around $100 billion, will also reach $1 trillion.
“In 2020, the number of smart devices will reach 200 billion and, people will use 300 billion passwords for everyday life,” he said.
Between 2015 and 2017, an average of one company was exposed to cyberattack for ransom in every 40 seconds, he noted.
It is expected that this rate would reach every 14 seconds this year, he added.
“Illegal organizations turn towards cyberattacks due to high profit and low cost,” he underlined.
Touching on ransomware issue, he said that last year illegal organizations earned $5 billion from ransom attacks across the world.
Ransomware — a kind of malware — locks or limits using computers’ hard drive until paying a ransom to an illegal organization.
Nawaz Sharif granted bail on medical grounds in Al-Azizia case!
ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court here has granted bail to Nawaz Sharif on medical grounds suspending his sentence in Al-Azizia case or six weeks.
According to details, a three-judge bench led by CJP granted bail to the deposed prime minister enabling him to seek medical treatment within the country. He will not be allowed to leave the country.
The bail has been granted against two surety bonds of Rs. 5 million each and as soon as its period is over he will have to surrender himself to jail authorities. Sharif’s advocate had requested for bail for eight weeks.
Rao Anwar, others indicted by Karachi ATC in Naqeebullah murder case
KARACHI: An anti-terrorism court here has indicted former Malir SSP Rao Anwar and other suspects in Naqeebullah Mehsud murder case.
During the hearing on Monday, the court summoned the witnesses in the case on the next hearing, which has been set for April 11.
The court has also summoned Naqeebullah’s father, who is the petitioner in the case, and the judicial magistrate at the next hearing.