OSLO: Pakistan Armed Forces personnel are known to be top of the line in the world. This is not only true while on duty, but the latest savior incident in the Norway Mosque shooting revealed that even the retired personnel of our armed forces continue to bring laurels for the country. Not only that they are proving to the world that in times of crisis, they are the most reliable force.
On Saturday, when a gunman opened fire on the Al-Noor Islamic Centre, on the outskirts of the capital Oslo, Muhammad Rafiq, a 65-year-old retired Pakistan Air Force officer overpowered him before he could carry out the planed carnage. Although Rafiq, suffered minor injuries in the process his act stopped the ‘white supremacist’ shooter from carrying out Christ-Church style massacre.
Rafiq reported, “I suddenly heard shooting from outside. He started to fire towards the two other men, I ran towards him without him knowing, grabbed him, he tried to force his fingers in my eyes, but I held him down and wrestled the weapons from him.”
Muhammad Rafiq is being hailed as a hero on social media as his valiant act is being applauded all around the world.
The police have charged the suspect with the murder of his 17-year-old stepsister who was found dead at a separate location.
The suspect has not yet been named, but police have described him as a white Norwegian citizen of “around 20 years old”. He was said to be “from the area” where the mosque attack took place, in the town of Baerum.
Rune Skjold, the acting chief of the police operation, said the suspect appeared to hold “far-right” and “anti-immigrant” views and had expressed sympathy for Vidkun Quisling, the leader of Norway’s collaborationist government during the Nazi occupation.