LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said the mission of martyred Home Minister Col (r) Shuja Khanzada of purging the country of terrorism and extremism will be fulfilled at every cost.

The chief minister said this while speaking after Quran Khawani and dua arranged for the departed souls of Col (r) Shuja Khanzada and other martyrs at Model Town, on Wednesday.

Shahbaz Sharif said that Shuja Khanzada was a brave man who sacrificed his life for the peace of the nation and the country. He would always remain alive in our hearts, he added. He said that the sacrifice of Khanzada would be remembered forever.

The chief minister said that Shuja Khanzada Shaheed embraced martyrdom and his sacrifice would not go waste. He said that the sacrifices of the martyrs in the war against terrorism would bring fruit and the menace of terrorism would be eliminated from the country and it would become a haven of peace.

“Blood of Shuja Khanzada Shaheed is a debt on us and we will not rest content till the accomplishment of his mission. The country will be purged of the scourge of terrorism by following the same path and it will be made an Islamic welfare state in the real sense in the light of the ideals of Quaid-e-Azam and Allama Iqbal,” the CM added.

The chief minister said that the martyrdom of Shuja Khanzada Shaheed gives us a lesson that we should utilize all our energies for making the country a haven of peace and joint efforts should be made for eliminating poverty, ignorance, unemployment and social injustice from the country. He said that there was a need of round the clock hard work and struggle for ensuring just distribution of resources, supremacy of law and justice and maintenance of peace in the country.

He expressed the hope that we will succeed in steering the country out of quagmire of problems and making it a haven of peace and security. Shahbaz Sharif while announcing to name an institution after Shuja Khanzada Shaheed said that Cabinet Committee should submit final proposals in this regard.

Provincial Ministers Rana Sanaullah, Tanvir Aslam Malik, Iqbal Channer, Zakia Shahnawaz, Malik Nadeem Kamran, Muhammad Shafiq, Haroon Sultan, Mujtaba Shuja ur Rehman, Parliamentary Secretary Rana Muhammad Arshad, Special Assistant Rana Maqbool Ahmed, Chief Secretary, Inspector General Police, Senior Member Board of Revenue, Secretary Home and senior officials attended Quran Khawani and dua.

Meanwhile, on the direction of the Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, Quran Khawani and dua was offered for Shuja Khanzada Shaheed and other martyrs of Attock after Asar prayers throughout Punjab in which a large number of people participated.