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OIC foreign ministers to meet next week in wake of NZ attacks: Qureshi

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

Foreign ministers of Muslim nations will meet in on March 22 where an emergency meeting of (OIC) has been called to discuss ways of addressing anti-sentiment following the twin mosque massacres in New Zealand, announced Sunday.

Qureshi told a press conference in that holding the rotatory OIC presidency decided to summon the meeting after consultations.

"The idea (behind summoning the meeting) is to devise a strategy against Islamophobia, while keeping the Christchurch tragedy in mind, he said, adding that the participants will discuss the root cause of the issue.

A 28-year-old immigrant-hating white nationalist, who is believed to have lived in Dunedin, killed 50 people when he opened fire at two mosques in Christchurch during Friday prayers.

Nine Pakistanis were among the 50 people killed in the attacks.

Qureshi said that will observe a day of mourning on Monday for victims of the mosque attacks and flags would fly at half-mast.

He said families of six Pakistanis decided to bury the victims in Christchurch while bodies of three others will be transported back to for burial.

Qureshi said that after completing the process for identification, officials would start handing over all bodies to the heirs on Monday.

He also paid tribute to a Pakistani man, Naeem Rashid, who died after trying to tackle the gunman, for his bravery and courage.

The said that in recognition of Rashid's courage, he will be honoured with a national award on Pakistan Day, March 23.

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First Published: Sun, March 17 2019. 17:30 IST