Shuja Khanzada killing: Nation mourns the loss of a valiant soldier

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Shuja Khanzada

Punjab’s Home Minister Shuja Khanzada was killed in a suicide attack on Sunday, August 16.

Shuja Khanzada was meeting supporters in his hometown of Attock when a suicide bomber blew himself up, the roof of the building collapsed as a result of the blast and dozens got trapped under the rubble.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif while paying tribute to the martyr said: “The courage and valour of Shuja Khanzada is message to the masterminds of terrorists that they are bound to be defeated.”

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A banned outfit stated the suicide attack was a response to last month’s killing of its leader. Shuja Khanzada was playing an active part in eradication g terrorism from the country.

Police have subsequently, registered a case following the deadly attack on Shuja Khanzada. The police case was registered on behalf of Station House Office Rangu Ghulab Shabbir while, 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, were included in the FIR.

Shuja Khanzada was commissioned in Pakistan Army in 1967, afterwards he vigorously participated in 1971 Indo-Pak war. Shuja Khanzada served also served as an instructor from 1974-78, and commander 3 Lancers from 1982-83. As recognition of his bravery, he was awarded “Tamgha-e-Basalat” in 1988.

Shuja Khanzada was among the first few who reached Siachin Glacier in 1983, later on he served as a Military Attache to the Embassy of Pakistan in Washington DC, during 1992-94. After his retirement from the military, Shuja Khanzada entered politics and later was elected as a member of the Punjab Assembly in 2002.

Shuja Khanzada served as special adviser to the chief minister and in 2008, he worked as Chairman Chief Minister’s Task Forces on Agriculture and Police Training Reforms. However, in October 2014, Shuja Khanzada was appointed as Punjab home minister.

According to various media reports, Shuja Khanzada was constantly receiving threats from terrorist outfits, against which he was acting with full force.