The Government of Pakistan has reacted strongly to the killing of four members of a family of Pakistani origin in Canada, calling it an extremist incident and said that this incident shows that there is an atmosphere of Islamophobia (fear or hatred about Islam) in Western countries. is increasing.
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has strongly condemned the incident and wrote on Twitter that “Shocked by the incident of the murder of a Muslim family of Pakistani origin in the Canadian province of Ontario.”
“This terrorist incident shows the growing Islamophobia in Western countries, which (Islamophobia) needs to be fought together by the entire international community.”
Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has also commented on the matter. He wrote on Twitter, “Three generations of a Canadian family of Pakistani origin were brutally murdered just because they were Muslims.”
“This is a heinous incident that has its roots in Islamophobia and hatred. We sympathize with the victim’s family and pray that the only surviving member of this family – a nine-year-old child – may soon recover from this incident.” “
Canadian police have reported that four members of a Muslim family were killed in a ‘premeditated’ vehicle attack. This alleged attack took place in the City of London in the province of Ontario.
On Sunday, four members of the family were walking outside their house when a 20-year-old local man rammed them with his truck.
The 46-year-old physiotherapist, his wife and PhD student (44), his daughter (15), a Class IX student, and his 74-year-old grandmother died in the incident.
Only one family member, a 9-year-old boy survived, who is hospitalized in a critical condition. However, his condition is stated to be out of danger.
As per the wishes of his family, his names have not been made public by the Canadian Police.
According to police, a 20-year-old Canadian youth, Nathaniel Weltman, has been charged with the murder of four of these people and an attempt to murder one.
The incident is being heavily criticized on social media. People are writing that “It should not be said that there is no such thing as Islamophobia and its consequences are not visible in our society.”
Many people have shared an old picture of this family on social media, with which they are writing many emotional messages.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wrote on Twitter, “I am shocked by the incident in Ontario. I want to say that we are with those who know the family of the victim. We are with the child who is currently fighting in the hospital. We Praying that he gets well soon.”
“I would like to tell the Muslims from this country that we are with them. There is no place for Islamophobia in our country. Such incidents of hatred have to stop.”
Most of the ministers in Trudeau’s cabinet have also written openly against this incident. These include Canadian MP Bardish Chaggar of Indian origin.
According to media reports, this is the deadliest attack against Canadian Muslims since the 2017 attack on the Quebec City mosque. 6 people died in that attack.
“It is believed that the victims were targeted because they were Muslims,” Detective Superintendent Paul Waite for the City of London told a press briefing on Monday.
He told that the police is considering imposing sections of possible terrorism and it is also believed that this is a hate crime.
who was the attacker?
Police have told about the attacker that he is a resident of the City of London, Ontario. He was arrested from a shopping center about 6 km from the spot.
However, it is not yet clear whether the suspect was linked to any hate group.
Detective Superintendent Paul Waite said there was no previous link between the suspect and the victims.
He said the suspect was wearing a vest that “looked like body armor” during the attack.
Officials said that the weather was clear and the lights were on when a black truck was seen plying on the sidewalk of Hyde Park Road at 8:40 pm local time on Sunday.
An eyewitness told CTV News that he closed his younger daughter’s eyes so that she could not see the dead bodies. After this there was an atmosphere of chaos at the spot and people started shouting there.
According to the 2016 Census, the City of London, 200 km south-west of Toronto, has great social diversity and has grown steadily over the years.
Here one out of every five people is born outside Canada. The largest minority group in this area is Arab people, while the second number is said to be South Asian people.
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