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Rashid worked with a private bank in Pakistan before he moved to Christchurch to work as a teacher.

The ministry identified the victims as Sohail Shahid, Syed Jahandad Ali (Lahore), Syed Areeb Ahmed (Karachi), Mahboob Haroon (Islamabad), Naeem Rashid (Abbotabad) and Talha Naeem (Abbotabad).

His 21-year-old son Talha Naeem is also among the 50 people who lost their lives.

At least 50 people, hailing from Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, Bangladesh, Turkey, Indonesia and Malaysia were killed, when 28-year-old Australian Brenton Tarrant opened fire at the Al Noor and Linwood mosques.

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A courageous Pakistani national who died in the ghastly Christchurch terror attack on two mosques will be conferred with a national award posthumously for trying to tackle the White supremacist gunman before being shot dead by him.

Three more Pakistanis - a son and his parents - were confirmed to have died in the March 15 New Zealand terrorist attacks on two mosques, Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal said on Sunday, taking the total death toll of Pakistanis in the incident up to nine.

Moreover, Pakistan's High Commissioner and Deputy High Commissioner in New Zealand would also be available for guidance, round the clock, the press release said.

"I feel very proud", he said, calling the loss of his brother and nephew a "big, big shock".

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Rashid comes from a family who believe in social work, Khan said, noting that his friend's mother is an active member of charities helping out the less fortunate.

"We had a lovely time".

In his tweet on Sunday, the Pakistan PM said: "We stand ready to extend all our support to the families of Pakistani victims of the terrorist attack in Christchurch".

"Whatever the families will decide, we will respect it and fulfill their wishes", he said, adding that flags will be flown at half-mast in Pakistan on Monday in honour of the victims.

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"Syed Israr Hussain, owner of Osho Thang Hotel in Minapin Nagar, told AFP: "(Tarrant). stayed for two days before leaving for Khunjerab (Pass, on the border with China).

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