Fixing responsibility: Commissioner says citizens should have obeyed section-144

August 1, 2014 Off By Web Desk

KARACHI: Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui takes no responsibility on the city administration for the beach deaths as death toll of the people drowned in the sea during Eid days rises to 37 on Saturday.

The commissioner, while harping on the same tune, said that city government had already imposed the Section 144 on swimming and fishing in the sea, which citizens had to obey.

He gave no clue that why was administration not able to implement the section 144 forcibly; however, he said that many policemen were posted to different locations, who stopped the picnickers but they gave no damn to their instructions and it was difficult to stop such a big crowd that emerged out on Eid. “Had we imposed it forcibly people would have cursed us for spoiling their holidays,” he told PPI.

He seemed in no mood to take blame for anything on government or its departments as when asked whose responsibility was it to keep the sea clean from pollution, which was being considered by experts as one of the reason for the deaths in large number, he said that Karachi Port Trust (KPT), Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) and Defence Housing Authority could be partially responsible for the pollution but it was mainly the responsibility of the people to keep their environment clean.

Siddiqui said that high and torrid waves were a usual thing in the sea in monsoon season which could be the reason of sudden deaths of a large number of people but the exact report regarding this would be presented until coming Friday.

He informed that bodies of two people could not be identified yet and only one more person was reported to be missing.

On the other hand, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) had demanded the judicial inquiry into the tragic deaths of the people and held the Clifton Cantonment Board, KPT and KMC responsible for the tragic deaths along with the provincial government.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah had announced Rs0.2 million as a compensation for each bereaved family.

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