Punjab Cabinet pays homage to Shuja Khanzada
A special condolence meeting of Punjab Cabinet was held in Lahore on Monday to pay homage to slain provincial home minister Shuja Khanzada.
Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif chaired a meeting and offered fateha for the victims. Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said that Shujha Khanzada s services for the country are great and will be remembered forever. He said that the war against terrorism will continue till elimination of the last terrorist. He said that the Punjab Cabinet will recommend to the Federal Government to announce the highest Civilian Award for the late Shuja Khanzada.
The provincial cabinet adopted a resolution praising the services of late Shuja Khanzada and condemning yesterday s terrorist attack. The cabinet decided to continue to take every measure for tackling the issue of terrorism in the light of National Action Plan. Meanwhile, police have registered a case following a deadly attack at Shuja Khanzada's political office. The case was registered on behalf of Station House Office Rangu Ghulab Shabbir and included provisions of the Anti-Terrorism Act, Sections 7, 427, 324, 436 and 302, Section 16 of Pakistan Protection Act, provisions of Explosives Act, murder and attempted murder.
Khanzada, Deputy Superintendent Police Shaukat Shah and 16 other people were killed when two suicide bombers blew themselves up near the late home minister's political office in Shadi Khan village of Attock. On the other hand, The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon has condemned the bomb attack that killed Shuja Khanzada and more than a dozen other people in Shadi Khan village of Attock district on Sunday (16 August).
According to a statement issued by his spokesman, the UN SecretaryGeneral called for bringing to justice those responsible for the crime. The Secretary-General while expressing sympathies to the people and government of Pakistan reiterated that nothing justifies terrorism.
Ban Ki Moon also extended his condolences to the families of the victims and wished the injured a speedy recovery. Meanwhile, the European Union has assured continued support to Pakistan's efforts to fight terrorism. This was stated by President of the EU in a condolence message on the martyrdom of Punjab Home Minister Shuja Khanzada in a terrorist attack. The EU President also expressed condolences and symapthies with the bereaved families of those killed in the attack.