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HTML clipboard LAHORE, March 6 (APP): A simple but impressive ceremony was held at Governor’s House on Friday to give medals and awards to the police officials who had shown extra‑ordinary valour and bravery to save the Sri Lankan cricket team during terrorist attack at Liberty Chowk here on Tuesday.

Chief Secretary Punjab Najibullah Malik and IG Police Khawaja Khalid Farooq were also present on the occasion.

Six police officials including two head constables, three constables and a Traffic Warden who laid down their lives while defending Sri Lankan players were given posthumously Governor’s gallantry medals and cheque of Rs 2 million each which was received by their heirs.

ASP Cantt Sarfraz Virk was also given Governor’s Gallantry Medal for bravely leading the police squad in fight against the terrorists.

The valiant police officials including an SI, a Head Constable, seven Constables and a Traffic Warden who received injuries while fighting the terrorists were given Rs 300,000 each.

The drivers of umpires’ van and Sri Lankan players’ coaster Muhammad Zafar Khan and Mehr Muhammad Khalil were given Governor’s medals and Rs 500,000 each.

Briefly speaking on the occasion, the governor paid rich tributes to the valiant police officials and said “People in US and all over Pakistan are appreciating bravery and performance of our police. Had they not fought so bravely, God knows, what could happen.”

He vowed that Libery Chowk would be renamed as ‘Shaheed chowk’ as a tribute to the great sons of the soil who saved the honour of the motherland by laying down their lives.

He said the terrorists who attacked the cavalacade of Sri Lankan players were highly trained and an ordinary police force could not fight them adding “police especially elite force did tremondus job and we are proud of them.”

Criticising the politicians using the gruesome incident for getting political milage out of it, he said, they should desist from it adding “Our police have done great job, they should be appreciated for it rising above political interests and differences.”

Shaheed Police officials are Head Constables Faisal Rashid and Mudassar Nadim; constables Muhammad Zafar Ibql, Farid and Sultan Mehmood and Traffic Warden Tanvir Iqbal.

The injured police officials are SI Dilshad Ahmed, Head Constable Muhammad Nawaz, Constables Muhammad Iqbal, Faryad, Jehangir, Muhammad tahir, Irshad Ali Raza, Muhammad Taufiq and Traffic Warden Muhammad Afzal.

 

 

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