Punjab gov­ern­ment an­nounces three-day mourn­ing

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

Pres­i­dent Pres­i­dent Mam­noon Hus­sain has ex­pressed pro­found grief and sor­row over the mar­tyr­dom of Punjab Home Min­is­ter Colonel re­tired Shuja Khan­zada.

In a state­ment, he ex­tended his heart­felt con­do­lences to the be­reaved fam­ily and prayed for them to bear this ir­repara­ble loss with courage and for­ti­tude. The Pres­i­dent said mar­tyr­dom of Home Min­is­ter would not go in vain. He em­pha­sized that such cow­ardly at­tacks can­not dent the de­ter­mi­na­tion of the peo­ple and re­it­er­ated the com­mit­ted that the whole na­tion stands united to elim­i­nate the scourge of ter­ror­ism and ex­trem­ism from the coun­try.

Mam­noon Hus­sain also ex­pressed con­do­lences for the other peo­ple mar­tyred in the blast and com­mis­er­ated with the fam­i­lies of the de­ceased.

Chief of Army Staff Gen­eral Ra­heel Sharif con­demned the ter­ror­ist at­tack on the of­fice of Punjab Home Min­is­ter Shuja Khan­zada in At­tock which claimed the re­tired colonel's life.

"Such das­tardly cow­ard at­tempts can­not dent our na­tional re­solve to elim­i­nate the men­ace (of ter­ror­ism). Khan­zada Sha­heed was a bold of­fi­cer whose sac­ri­fice for the greater cause of cleans­ing Pak­istan (of ter­ror­ism) will not go waste," the army chief was quoted as say­ing in an ISPR state­ment.

Ac­cord­ing to Di­rec­tor-Gen­eral ISPR Ma­jor-Gen­eral Asim Ba­jwa, the army chief has di­rected in­tel­li­gence agen­cies to help find the per­pe­tra­tors be­hind the ter­ror­ist at­tack. Mean­while, Punjab Chief Min­is­ter Muham­mad She­hbaz Sharif has de­scribed the mar­tyr­dom of Pro­vin­cial Min­is­ter for Home, Col. (R) Shuja Khan­zada a tragedy and said that the coun­try has lost a pa­tri­otic Pak­istani. In a state­ment here to­day, Chief Min­is­ter Muham­mad She­hbaz Sharif said that he can­not de­scribe the grief over the mar­tyr­dom of Col. (R) Shuja Khan­zada in words.

He said that Col. (R) Shuja Khan­zada was a close com­pan­ion of him and his sac­ri­fice in the war against ter­ror­ism will not go waste. He said that Col. (R) Shuja Khan­zada ren­dered in­valu­able ser­vices in the war against ter­ror­ism which the na­tion will al­ways re­mem­ber. The Chief Min­is­ter fur­ther said that Col. (R) Shuja Khan­zada was an hon­est, hard­work­ing and coura­geous per­son. She­hbaz Sharif said that the war against ter­ror­ism will con­tinue till the com­plete elim­i­na­tion of ter­ror­ism and the bru­tal mur­der­ers will not es­cape their log­i­cal end.

On the other hand, a pre­lim­i­nary re­port re­gard­ing the blast at Punjab Home Min­is­ter Col (r) Shuja Khan­zada's po­lit­i­cal of­fice in At­tock sug­gested it was in re­tal­i­a­tion for two ma­jor ac­tions of Punjab Po­lice in the province.

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