Punjab government announces three-day mourning
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.