SHC takes notice of fatal Superhighway bus accident, issues notices

January 12, 2015 Off By Web Desk

KARACHI: While taking notice of fatal traffic accident on Superhighway that claimed over 60 lives the Sindh High Court Chief Justice Maqbool Baqar issued notice to relevant authorities to submit reports.

An NGO – Justice Helpline president Advocate Nadeem Shaikh and a relative of a bereaved lawyer family had wrote a letter to SHC chief justice to take notice of the tragedy and summon reports from the authorities to explain why the incident occurred and what prompt action was taken to extinguish fire to save the lives.

Chief Justice Baqar converted the letter into constitutional petition and directed the authorities to submit their response. The matter will be taken up on Wednesday.

In the letter, it was stated that an advocate Mohammad Yasin Ahmed and his family travelling in ill-fated bus lost their lives and their burnt bodies were beyond identification.

Advocate Nadeem said fire tenders of Pakistan Steel Mill were in close proximity to the spot where bus collided with an oil tanker and caught fire but its administration did not render assistance to extinguish fire. The cattle colony fire station as per routine opens at 9am and closes at 5pm, adding it was very strange that fire department was negligent about the fact and there was no check on their activities by the provincial government.

He requested CJ Baqar to appoint a judicial commission to probe the matter and reprimand those found responsible for the tragedy. He said bereaved families were waiting for the bodies of their relatives lying in the mortuary due to DNA test.

He further prayed that direction be given to the government to make payment of reasonable compensation to the legal heirs of victims.

Meanwhile a division bench issued notice to federal and provincial government including transport department, National Highway Authority, IG Motorway, Karachi commissioner, IG Sindh on a petition a petition filed by an NGO – United Human Rights Commission of Pakistan’s secretary general Rana Faizul Hassan requesting the court to order inquiry into the fatal bus accident in order to ascertain the cause of it.

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. Had the fire brigades reached the spot timely, many lives could have been saved, he added.

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

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