ISLAMABAD, March 15 (Xinhua) -- The Pakistani government and its leadership condemned the terrorist attack in two separate mosques in Christchurch city of New Zealand on Friday, which killed 49 people and injured more than 40 others.
Spokesperson of Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Faisal released a statement at Twitter, saying "Pakistan condemns the tragic terrorist incident in New Zealand. Our High Commission is in touch with the local authorities and trying to ascertain details."
Pakistani President Arif Alvi said in a statement that he was shocked and grieved to learn about the horrific massacre in Christchurch mosques, adding that "hate, once unleashed is difficult to stop."
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed grieve and strongly condemned the attack, saying "this reaffirms what we have always maintained that terrorism does not have a religion."
According to local media reports, over 5,000 overseas Pakistanis are living in New Zealand but there is no report yet on Pakistani casualties in the attack.