MANDI BAHAUDDIN

A joint delegation of ex-servicemen from Mandi Bahauddin and Islamabad visited residence of late Gen Hamid Gul and condoled his death with Abdullah Gul, son of Gen Gul. The ex-servicemen expressed sympathies with Abdullah and prayed for eternal peace for the departed soul. The delegation then moved to Shadi Khan Village and visited houses of various shaheeds of Shadi Khan suicide blast. They shared grief and pain with family members of shaheeds and prayed for eternal peace for the departed souls. They visited residence of late Col (r) Shujah Khanzada and condoled with Jahangir Khanzada the death of his father.

Talking to the media Sher Gondal said sadness and gloom still grip Shadi Khan village.

To a question, Mr Gondal said that according to heirs of Shaheeds, the Punjab government announced Rs500,000 as compensation for the family of each martyr family. He quoted the heirs as saying that they refused to get the compensation being very small. He said when asked Khanzada’s Jahangir told that so far he did not know about the arrest of accused. He said that the ex-servicemen desire that Shadi Khan Village be named as village of Shaheeds and heirs of deceased should be granted with dignified amount of compensation. About late Col Shujah he said he was very popular in his constituency. He managed to get approved several development projects for his area costing Rs11 billion. He said his martyrdom in the blast jolted all rulers and the public, forcing the Interior Minister Ch Nisar Ali Khan to announce in Mandi Bahauddin at Pakistan Rangers Academy that there was no other alternative left except winning war against terrorism in the country. He said due to his fight against terrorism Col Shujah Khanzada would always be remembered by generations to come.