A special ceremony to remember the Shuhada and victims of Christchurch was held on 14 March 2020 at Napier city which was organised by the Multicultural Association and Pakistan community jointly.
High Commissioner of Pakistan H.E. Dr Abdul Malik was specially invited on the occasion along with the Mayors of Napier and Hastings city. Police Minister Stuart Nash and MP Lawrence Yule were also present on the occasion.
In his speech the High Commissioner acknowledged the positive reaction of the people and Government of New Zealand to Christchurch incident which fostered a sense of unity and togetherness among Muslims in The country. He appreciated the help and support provided to the victims families and those who were injured. He mentioned that Prime Minister of New Zealand Rt. Hon. Jacinda Ardern deserves special praise for her leadership role. Quoting Prime Minister Imran Khan, the High Commissioner said that Ms. Ardern was an inspiration and that she had shown the other world leaders how to react in the face of rising Islamophobia and extremism.
The High Commissioner said that Pakistan itself had been a victim of terrorism and has lost more than 70,000 innocent lives. The tragedy of Christchurch reaffirmed Pakistan’s narrative that terrorism is an international phenomenon, knowing no religion and boundaries. It has to be combated with strong belief and conviction and with the values and ideals common to all humanity.
High Commissioner also mentioned on this occasion that a Pakistani peace walker has come here to do a peace walk of 350 km from Wellington to Christchurch to express solidarity with the Shuhada and their families.
He said that everyone in New Zealand has a responsibility and a role to play for the betterment of the country.
The High Commissioner advised the community members to keep providing their support to the New Zealand Government in its efforts for ensuring peace and security in New Zealand.