Pakistan to recognize Naeem Rashid with ‘National Award’ for his act of valour during NZ terror attack

10:30 AM | 17 Mar, 2019
Pakistan to recognize Naeem Rashid with ‘National Award’ for his act of valour during NZ terror attack
ISLAMABAD – Prime Minister Imran Khan has decided to recognize Pakistani origin Mian Naeem Rasheed for his bravery as he laid down his life in an attempt to save people during a terrorist attack in Christchurch, New Zealand.

In a tweet, the prime minister wrote: “We stand ready to extend all our support to the families of Pakistani victims of the terrorist attack in Christchurch.”

“Pakistan is proud of Mian Naeem Rashid who was martyred trying to tackle the White Supremacist terrorist & his courage will be recognized with a national award,” Imran added.

Naeem Rashid, 50, originally from the Pakistani city of Abbottabad, was in the Deans Ave mosque with his 21-year-old son, Talha Naeem, for Friday prayers. As Rashid tried to overpower the gunman – 28-year-old Australian Brenton Tarrant – during a mass shooting at Masjid Al Noor mosque in Christchurch on Friday afternoon, aimed at protecting fellow worshippers, he got seriously wounded.

In the horrific video, documented live by the white extremist, Rashid was seen rushing to the gunman without a weapon in a bid to avert the attacker with just his bare hands even while his own son Talha got shot at the mosque.

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The hero was left badly wounded after he launched himself at the shooter in a bid to protect fellow worshippers.

He was rushed to hospital following the attack, but died after a few hours.

The man hailed from Abbottabad city of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in Pakistan and also worked with a private bank before moving to Christchurch, where he worked as a teacher. Rashid recently worked for the Kiwi Institute of Training and Education.