LAHORE - Following the tragic death of Punjab Home Minister Col (r) Shuja Khanzada in a gruesome bomb blast the All Pakistan Anjuman-i-Tajiran has announced to defer its protests, sit-ins and besieging plan of FBR regional offices scheduled to be launched on Tuesday against WHT on all banking transactions.

All Pakistan Anjuman-i-Tajiran’s central general secretary, Naeem Mir, said that traders body will decide the next date of starting protest series against draconian taxation of the government.

APAT has circulated the massages to all markets of the boards in Lahore as well as all cities of the country asking them to conduct Quraan Khawanis for the victims of blast.

He said that assassination of a true patriot was a conspiracy to create anarchy in the country therefore, the government should utilize all available resources to track down the conspirators. He condemned the Sunday’s bomb attack that killed Punjab’s Home Minister Shuja Khanzada and more than a dozen other people in “Shadi Khan” village, Attock, and called for bringing to justice those responsible for the crime. He reiterated that nothing justifies terrorism and expressed sympathies to the bereaved families. He hoped the perpetrators will be brought to justice swiftly. Naeem Mir extended his condolences to the families of the victims and wishes the injured a speedy recovery.

Pakistan Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association has also postponed its protests plan to be held today against amendments in the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan Act (DRAP), 2012 and Drug Act 1976.

PPMA former vice chairman Kh Shahzeb Akram talking to The Nation said that more than 70 per cent industry out of total 260 pharma units have been closed in protest while rest of the units will be shut on Monday last.

“We are also starting a series of protest against this anti industry decision of the provincial government which empower the drug inspector to sentence the manufacturers for 10-year imprisonment at the spot.

Our association has decided to handover keys of factories to Punjab govt as they are unable to work in this atmosphere. Now CM Shahbaz and its cabinet should run the industry, he added.” The Lahore Chamber of Commerce & Industry has also expressed its heartfelt sorrow and shock over the tragic death of Punjab Home Minister Col (r) Shuja Khanzada and termed it a national loss.

In a condolence message, the LCCI President Ijaz A. Mumtaz said that Col (r) Shuja Khanzada was making an invaluable contribution to crush terrorists in the province. The country has lost an honest and patriotic politician, he said. He said that Shuja Khanzada was striving to do everything to defeat terrorists in the province. His services for the country will never be forgotten.