Provincial Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs Jehangir Shuja Khanzada has said that collected efforts of the armed forces, law-enforcement agencies and people have broken the backbone of terrorist networks and eliminated their hideouts in the country.
Addressing a ceremony in connection with the Defence Day titled ‘Difaa-e-Pakistan – Mera Eman’ at Unique College here on Monday, he said that the playgrounds in the country would see a new life of activity and the arrival of ICC World-XI for three T20 cricket matches was a step towards achieving this ideal.
The ceremony commemorated sacrifices of the 1965 war heroes and the martyrdom of former Punjab home minister Col (retd) Shuja Khanzada, who destroyed terrorist networks in the province before embracing martyrdom in a suicide attack.
Jehangir Khanzada said his father was a great patriot who believed in protecting the country at the cost of his life. He said the late Shuja Khanzada was aware of the threats to his life, but he wanted to see the country free of all terrorists.
The sports minister said the armed forces had annihilated terrorists with their guns and ammunition and now was the time to present the beautiful face of the country through sports and rich culture.
Talking about the initiatives of the Punjab government against terrorism, he said that law and order situation had improved a great deal due to the coordinated efforts of the law-enforcement agencies, and civil and military organisations. He said that the National Action Plan (NAP) was being implemented in letter and spirit.