PM, FM condemn truck attack on Pakistani-Canadian Muslim family


Islamabad – June 8 (Online): Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday showed grievance over the deliberate killing of Pakistani-Muslim family in Canada.
The premier took it to twitter and said “Saddened to learn of the killing of a Muslim Pakistani-origin Canadian family in London, Ontario. This condemnable act of terrorism reveals the growing Islamophobia in Western countries. Islamophonia needs to be countered holistically by the international community.”
Foregn Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi also took it to twitter and condemned the attack. “3 generations of Pakistani-Canadians were killed in a brutal act of mass murder for their Muslim faith. This is an act of terror rooted in unspeakable hatred & Islamophobia. Extend our deepest sympathy to the family members & pray for recovery of the only survivor; a little boy.” The Foreign Minister wrote.
A man ealrleir had ran A Muslim-Canadian family over in his pickup truck, targeted them in an attack motivated by hate, police said on Monday.
Police in London, Ontario, citing witnesses, said that 20-year-old Nathaniel Veltman, jumped the curb in his vehicle on Sunday, struck five members of the family, ranging in age from 9 to 74, and then drove off at high speed.
Veltman, a resident of London who was arrested after the incident, has been charged with four counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder. He is due back in court on Thursday after being remanded to custody on Monday.
“There is evidence that this was a planned, premeditated act, motivated by hate,” Detective Superintendent Paul Waight of the London police department told reporters.
“We believe the victims were targeted because of their Islamic faith,” Waight said.