A post showing terrorist Brenton Tarrant, the main suspect of New Zealand mosque shooting, in Pakistan last year saying he loved the country, calling the people of Pakistan the ‘most earnest, kind hearted and hospitable people in the world’ is making the rounds on social media.
Tarrant spent up to seven years travelling the world from 2011 onwards, and one woman who knew him before he left Grafton speculated to Daily Mail Australia that ‘something happened to him’ during this time.
A Facebook post, which was made in October of last year by Israr Shah, the owner of Osho Thang Hotel in Pakistan’s Minapin, appears to show Brenton Tarrant at the hotel.
The post said: “Hello everyone my name is Brenton Tarrant and I’m visiting Pakistan for the first time. Pakistan is an incredible place filled with the most earnest, kind hearted and hospitable people in the world, and the beauty of hunza and nagar valley in Autumn can’t be beat.
The post goes on: ‘Unfortunately many tourists are choosing other countries due to stress, difficulty and steep requirements in obtaining a Pakistani visa’.
The post goes on with Brenton urging Imran Khan to relax the criterions for Pakistani visa.
“Hopefully in the near future the Pakistani government and Mr Imran Khan will make the necessary changes to the visa program so to encourage tourism and make it viable once more for the world to come and expirence the beauty of Pakistan.”
Along with the post, Israr Shah had shared an image of Brenton Tarrant in Pakistan.
The same image was later also confirmed by ABC Australia.
The post became viral on Friday morning after Brenton Tarrant burst into news for open-firing on devotees praying in two mosques of New Zealand’s Christchurch.
The post however, was taken down from Facebook later on Friday afternoon.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Imran khan condemned the terror attack at a New Zealand mosque on Friday that left 49 dead and 42 injured
.The premier turned to Twitter to express his regret over the incident while offering prayers to the families of those affected and the ones parted.
“Shocked and strongly condemn the Christchurch, New Zealand, terrorist attack on mosques. This reaffirms what we have always maintained: that terrorism does not have a religion. Prayers go to the victims and their families,” read his tweet.
He went on to blame the rising grip of Islamophobia following 9/11 that have amplified the challenges for Muslims around the globe:
“I blame these increasing terror attacks on the current Islamophobia post-9/11 where Islam & 1.3 bn Muslims have collectively been blamed for any act of terror by a Muslim. This has been done deliberately to also demonize legitimate Muslim political struggles.”