The Peshawar High Court has given 35 days to the government to submit an inquiry report into the deadly Airblue plane crash.
A bench, comprising PHC Chief Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan and Justice Yahya Afridi, passed these orders on Wednesday after Deputy Attorney-General Iqbal Mohmand requested an extension of four months to complete the inquiry that he said was under process. “Technical and legal opinion of the company that manufactured the plane has been sought in order to make the report more comprehensive,” he said.
The case was later adjourned till December 20.
On July 28 last year, an Airblue plane en route to Islamabad from Karachi crashed into the Margalla Hills, killing all 152 people, including passengers and crew members, on board.
Former MNA Marvi Memon subsequently filed a writ petition on behalf of the victims’ families and prayed that the court direct the government to constitute an independent board of inquiry to determine and make public the cause of the crash.
The petition lists as respondents the federation of Pakistan, the defence ministry, the National Disaster Management Authority, Civil Aviation Authority, Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences, the interior ministry and the Capital Development Authority.
Published in The Express Tribune, November 17th, 2011.