Punjab Cab­i­net pays homage to Shuja Khan­zada

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

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.

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