Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan Friday said that increasing “Islamophobia” after the 9/11 terror attacks in the US was responsible for the attack on two mosques in New Zealand that killed at least 49 worshippers.
Strongly condemning the terror attack in Christchurch, Khan tweeted: “This reaffirms what we have always maintained: terrorism does not have a religion. Prayers go to the victims and their families.”
Khan said that increasing Islamophobia after 9/11 was responsible for this act of terror and Muslims were demonised deliberately.
“I blame these increasing terror attacks on the current Islamophobia post-9/11 where Islam & 1.3 bn Muslims have collectively been blamed for any act of terror by a Muslim. This has been done deliberately to also demonise legitimate Muslim political struggles,” he tweeted.
Foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi also condemned the terrorist attack in New Zealand in the strongest terms.
He expressed condolences over loss of innocent lives in the heinous attack.
Foreign Office spokesperson Muhammad Faisal tweeted that Pakistan High Commission is in constant touch with the local authorities in New Zealand to ascertain further details on the attacks.