Punjab govt announces three-day mourning over killing of minister, others in blast


LAHORE: Punjab government Sunday announced to observe three-day mourning over killing of home minister Shuja Khanzada and 14 others in a suicide attack.

A suicide bomber blew himself up at Dera of Shuja Khanzada in Shadi Khan village of Attock, where he was hearing complaints of local people at a meeting.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan have strongly condemned the terrorist attack. The premier reaffirmed the commitment and determination of the government for pursuing the National Action Plan against terrorism with full force and directed for pre-emptive security strategy to counter terrorist planning. PM Nawaz urged law enforcement agencies to not lower their guards till the elimination of the last terrorist.

Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan has expressed grief over Shuja Khanzada’s death. PPP leader and Adviser to Sindh Chief Minister Sharmila Farooqi have expressed heartfelt condolences over the killing of people in the suicide attack. Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party has strongly condemned the terrorist attack on the Dera of Punjab Home Minister Shuja Khanzada in Attock this morning and stressed on unity for the final blow to the scourge of terrorism in the country.