Pakistan hails NZ PM’s conduct after terror attack

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Burials for the 50 people killed the New Zealand terrorist attack began in Christchurch on Wednesday as the prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, returned to the city and spoke at a school that lost two students in the shooting.

Ardern implored people to "speak the names of those who were lost" in Friday's shootings that left at least 50 people dead "rather than the name" of the 28-year-old Australian man who allegedly took them.

"He sought many things from his act of terror but one was notoriety", Ardern said. "But we in New Zealand will give him nothing".

In vowing to tighten gun laws, Ardern has said the attacker used five guns, two of them semi-automatic, which were purchased with an ordinary gun licence and modified.

"We can not simply sit back and accept that these platforms just exist and that what is said on them is not the responsibility of the place where they are published", Ardern said. "There can not be the case of all profit, no responsibility".

"We have listened to public sentiment following Friday's terrorist attack in Christchurch and made a decision to remove all semi-automatic firearms sales and parts associated", TradeMe wrote in a statement.

"I would like to state that we believe absolutely there was only one attacker responsible for this", he told a news conference.

In an impassioned speech to the New Zealand parliament on Tuesday, Ardern said she would not use the alleged gunman's name, to deny him notoriety.

Facebook, the world's largest social media network, has said it removed 1.5 million videos within 24 hours of the attack.

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Ardern, who has promised tough new gun laws which could ban semi-automatic weapons and make buying a gun harder, has said the victims would see justice.

Australia's prime minister has urged world leaders to crack down on social media companies that broadcast terrorist attacks in the aftermath of the New Zealand mosque shootings.

Otago University legal issues center director, Bridgette Toy-Cronin, told Radio New Zealand that this would limit the chances for political material to be entered as evidence.

The PM said there was no specific threat, but that "security and intelligence services are receiving a range of additional information" that is being taken "extremely seriously".

Fifty people died in the attack. About 10 of them were in critical condition, including a 4-year-old girl.

"I can not tell you how gutting it is...a family came here for safety and they should have been safe here", said Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, visiting the city for the second time since the massacre.

Philip Arps, 44, appeared in a Christchurch court Wednesday on two charges of distributing the killer's livestream video of the attack on the Al Noor mosque, the first mosque that was attacked, a violation of the country's objectionable publications law.

Four days after the attack, relatives were anxiously waiting Tuesday for word on when they can bury their loved ones.

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