Christchurch terror attack: New Zealand parliament session starts with recitation from Holy Quran

An Islamic preacher reciting Holy Quran in New Zealand parliament.

By Muslim Mirror Desk

Its seems  Islam and Muslims have taken the center-stage in New Zealand after Christchurch terror attack.

First New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern traveled to Christchurch with a message from the people of New Zealand – the country was united with the Muslim community in grief.She also wore a black salwar-kameez with dupatta covering her head in a show of solidarity with Muslim community.

Now in an another show of solidarity with Muslims the first Parliament session in New Zealand after the deadly attack  commenced with a recitation from the Holy Quran, Express News reported.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, addressing the Parliament, expressed unity with the families of the victims and also lauded the sacrifice of Naeem Rashid who was martyred while trying to tackle the attacker.

The death toll of Pakistani nationals martyred in the Christchurch terrorist attack reached nine, according to the Foreign Office.

“The families of the fallen will have justice,” said Ardern during her address, adding she would never mention the gunman’s name.

“He may have sought notoriety, but we in New Zealand will give him nothing. Not even his name.”

The victims, killed at two mosques during Friday prayers, were largely Muslim migrants, refugees and residents from countries including Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, Turkey, Kuwait, Somalia and others.

With input from Reuters

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