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
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
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
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.