LAHORE (HANDOUT) - Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has expressed deep sense of sorrow and grief over the loss of precious human lives in a blast near Wahga border.

He condemned the tragic incident and expressed condoles with the bereaved families and sympathies with the injured. The chief minister directed Provincial Ministers Mujtaba Shuja-ur-Rehman and Bilal Yasin to visit Ghurki and Shalimar hospitals to look after the injured and ensuring best medical facilities to them.

The chief minister also directed the health authorities to provide the best treatment facilities to the injured and spare no effort in providing them medical aid. He also announced financial assistance of Rs five lakh each for the heirs of martyrs while Rs 75 thousand for seriously injured and Rs 25 thousand for those who received minor injuries. Shahbaz said that these cowardly acts cannot demoralise Pakistani nation, brave armed forces and Rangers. “Our moral is high and the operation against terrorists will continue,” he added.

He expressed the hope that nefarious designs of anti-state elements would be foiled and every sacrifice would be made for the protection of motherland. He said that Pak-Army had discharged its national obligation of protection of the nation and the country in a courageous manner and the entire nation was fully supporting it against terrorists. He said that those playing with the lives of innocent citizens through bomb blasts will not escape their logical end and will be taken to task at any cost.