Petition in SHC seeks probe into deadly road accident

January 11, 2015 Off By Web Desk

KARACHI: A petition seeking inquiry into the cause of deadly collision between an oil tanker and passenger coach on Superhighway that claimed at least 62 lives was filed in the Sindh High Court (SHC) on Monday.

An NGO – United Human Rights Commission of Pakistan’s secretary general Rana Faizul Hassan filed the petition, requesting the court to order inquiry into the fatal accident in order to ascertain the cause of it.

Citing the federal and provincial authorities as respondents, the petitioner submitted in the petition that the responsibility for the tragedy squarely rests on the government and fire department. He added the passengers burnt alive as the both vehicle caught fire but fire brigade did not arrive timely.

Moreover, he said, the bus was overloaded and lacked the proper emergency exit. The petitioner said the inaction of relevant authorities to ensure enforcement of traffic rules lead to such accidents.

He told the judges that over 500 hundred people had lost their lives in past in fire-related incidents and because of subsequent poor response of fire department. He recalled that over 59 people were killed and several others injured when a bus had collided head-on with truck near Khairpur, adding several traffic accidents were reported because of non-adherence to traffic laws but the authorities concerned were reluctant in taking action against the violators.

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