Omar, Mehbooba condemns New Zealand Mosque shootings

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SRINAGAR: Condemning the twin attacks on mosques in Christ Church, New Zealand two former chief ministers of Jammu and Kashmir — Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti — called it a terror attack.

Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah on Friday termed the mass shootings at two New Zealand mosques as a terror attack and expressed sympathies with the bereaved families.

“Good to see most people are calling the #NewZealandMosqueFiring what it is – a terror attack. #NewZealandTerroristAttack. No words of condemnation are strong enough & no words of sympathy for the families adequate enough. May Allah grant them Jannat,” Omar wrote on twitter.

Mehbooba, who is the president of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), said she admires how the New Zealand Prime Minister clearly stated that there is no place for such terror attacks & and that NZ is a home to all the migrant communities regardless of their religion.

“Admire how New Zealand PM conducted herself & addressed the media post #christchurchnz attacks. Clearly stating that there is no place for such terror attacks & that NZ is a home to all the migrant communities regardless of their religion. Respect for such leadership qualities,” Mehbooba tweeted.

Mehbooba said, “We all have a lesson or two to learn from it. Had the same incident happened here, the leadership would have politicised it, indulged in war mongering and covertly supported attacks on Muslims.”

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said that at least 49 people were killed when two gunmen opened fire at two mosques in Christchurch city.

The Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the shootings marked “one of New Zealand’s darkest days”. Police said two mosques were targeted in the attack.

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