CHRISTCHURCH — The first Parliament session in New Zealand, after the deadly attack in Christchurch on the Muslim community during Friday prayers by a far-right terrorist, commenced with the recitation from the Holy Quran, according to reports.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, addressing the Parliament, also greeted the gathering with “Assalamo alaikum” and expressed unity with the families of the victims and also vowed on Tuesday never to utter the name of the twin-mosque gunman.
“The families of the fallen will have justice,” said Ardern during her address, adding she would never mention the gunman’s name.
“He may have sought notoriety, but we in New Zealand will give him nothing. Not even his name.”
The victim of the indiscriminate shooting at two mosques in Christchurch were largely Muslim migrants, refugees, and residents from countries including Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, Turkey, Kuwait, Somalia, UAE, and others.
In the wake of the mass shooting, Prime Minister Ardern has promised to reform New Zealand gun laws that allowed the gunman to legally purchase the weapons he used in the attack on two Christchurch mosques, including semi-automatic rifles.
New Zealanders have already begun answering government appeals to hand in their weapons, including John Hart, a farmer in the North Island district of Masterton.
The way New Zealand Prime Minister reacted to the deadly incident which caused 50 deaths of Muslim worshipper is commendable and unparalleled. She was moved and shocked by the sudden and unexpected terror attack by a terrorist from Australia.
She not only offered words of sympathy to the affected people but personally met the bereaved families and consoled them while wearing hijab, a Muslim woman dress to cover the head, to stand in solidarity with Muslim women. The display of amazing leadership by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is what the traits of a good leader should be.