Kaira to Sharif: If you have issues with Bhoja commission, make one yourself

Published: April 23, 2012

Information minister says PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif should make a judicial commission of his own choice. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

LALAMUSA: Federal Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira had said that if Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif has any issues with the judicial commission probing the Bhoja air crash, then he should make one of his own choice, Express News reported on Monday.

Talking to the media in Lalamusa, Kaira said that investigations behind the Airblue crash have still not emerged while the owner of the Shaheen Air Company is affiliated with the PML-N and can have a commission made on it again.

The Bhoja Air flight from Karachi came down in fields near a village on the outskirts of the Pakistani capital on Friday evening, in the city’s second major fatal air crash in less than two years.

On the directives of Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, a three-member judicial commission was set up to determine the cause of the crash.

Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, the leader of the opposition in the National Assembly, had said that the government formed the judicial commission without the consent of the apex court.

Reader Comments (29)

  • munchkin bob
    Apr 23, 2012 - 6:48PM

    this is what we are mastered in to do: doing politics on people died a tragic death

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  • Apr 23, 2012 - 6:53PM

    well said, PML N is just politicizing the case, PML N should stop playing politics over dead ones
    usual habit of Mian brothers

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  • Zaid Hamid
    Apr 23, 2012 - 6:53PM

    Bhoja Air Crash happened because we buy planes from Yahoodi supported Boeing and Airbus.

    From now on we should buy only Made in China planes.

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  • Hit-Man
    Apr 23, 2012 - 7:05PM

    Shameful, politics over the dead.

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  • Pr0udPakistani
    Apr 23, 2012 - 7:12PM

    I am not a supporter of PPP but in my opinion, Mr. Kaira has said the right thing. PML-N is busy in point scoring on every issue yet it fails to see what is happening under it’s nose. Why PML-N is not protesting against the latest chemical scandal against Ali Musa Gilani??? Just because one of their ministers is also involved?? In case of fair elections, PML-N would face a historic defeat in Punjab.

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  • Lobster
    Apr 23, 2012 - 7:12PM

    @Pakistan politics:
    The judges are not credible, known for PCO, how can they investigate against their own cronies in government?

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  • Uza Syed
    Apr 23, 2012 - 7:17PM

    Good solution, if Nawaz doesn’t trust the commission made by this government then he should form one himself and let BHOJA guys and present government be exposed if guilty (as Kaira suggested) and while at it, Nawaz may, please, appoint another commission to enquire and establish the facts regarding the other one, too, in which ‘Air Blue’ plane crashed killing all on board and who and what has kept a thorough and independant investigation regarding the circumstances of that tragedy and who prevented the complete disclosure of the facts of that accident(ask Marvi Memon for help, if you need, I’m sure you, Nawaz can trust her). Let’s do this all and get over with it, let Shahid Khaqan Abbasi also be exposed for whatever role he played in the coverup of the criminal negligence by ‘Air Blue’ which he owns and heads. I dare Nawaz Mian to be brave and fair and do this one job as honestly and fairly as he promises to run the affairs of the Pakistani State once we trust him again. Come on, give us a chance to judge you for your courage and honesty, Mianjee.

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  • Zameer
    Apr 23, 2012 - 7:19PM

    @Pakistan politics: As usual Pakistan Politics your usual Bashing of PMLN as you used to do in the past. The only thing PMLN did was criticism of Judicial commission because they are of the view that Air Blue investigation was not transparent and still people are waiting for a detailed investigation and Bhoja incident will see the same fate as again Political appointees are selected rather than Professional unbiased people are a part of a probe commission. This is the role of the opposition to point out any problems if any and there is nothing wrong in it. It is not politics over dead bodies but it is the preemption of avoiding tragic incidents in future. There is nothing wrong if some discrepancies are pointed out but rather than listening to a piece of advice PPP again transform it into a political stunt.

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  • smj
    Apr 23, 2012 - 7:23PM

    The commission should be independent and not under the current CAA and ministry of Defence admin. These guys are known to protect each other. We don’t want this case to be closed like others when everyone blames the dead pilot who is not here to defend himself.

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  • CAT
    Apr 23, 2012 - 7:30PM

    Why should we buy planes from anyone? As the 7th power, we should build our own planes to fly our people with our own pilots under our own CAA!

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  • Zameer
    Apr 23, 2012 - 7:33PM

    @Pr0udPakistani: First of all PMLN is the first party to protest again Musa Gailani. The inherit hatred of parties lead to these types of statements. Secondly Nawaz is in Opposition in federal government and they cannot form the inquiry committee as investigation is the responsibility of the federal government. Also please take a visit in part of Punjab other than the defence, model town and bahria town and you will see the popularity of PMLN in Upper Punjab and now people are more aware than before that PMLN is a better option that other parties including Imran Khan as the only enemy of Imran Khan is Nawaz Sharif and i am pretty sure after Kaira’s stance now Imran Khan will have another opportunity to comment about Nawaz Sharif as in actual Imran Khan stance on many issues does not differ with PPP at all and he just wait for the right time to bash Nawaz and this opportunity is great one for Imran Khan again..

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  • Wasif M. Khan
    Apr 23, 2012 - 7:34PM

    It is totally useless that the commission is a judicial commission, whether its packed with Zardari or Nawaz supporters. Judges, like brain surgeons or lawyers are utterly incompetent in investigating an air crash. This country is reeking full of idiots investigating scientific matters and human-technological system failures.

    There are trained and competent air crash investigators available in the civilised world but of course all these wouldn’t know a damn thing about either civilised, responsible nations or technical competence.

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  • Apr 23, 2012 - 7:43PM

    //Talking to the media in Lalamusa, Kaira said that investigations behind the Airblue crash have still not emerged//

    Malik gave a statement lately about the Airblue crash investigation report being already made public.

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  • Rehman Awan
    Apr 23, 2012 - 7:47PM

    I am big fan of Air crash investigations on Discovery channel and just outsource this investigation to them and they will come with abetter investigative report. How come the judge can deduce the results in a case like that which is of technical nature. The best way is to hire proffesional air crash investigator under the supervision of PAF and then we could expect something otherwise nothing will come out of this investigation.

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  • Blithe
    Apr 23, 2012 - 7:52PM

    Come on Kiara !

    Zardari has stuffed his loyalists in PIA and CAA.
    We need an independent commission to sort out the mess.

    I couldn’t agree more with PMLN

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  • Imran Mohammad
    Apr 23, 2012 - 7:57PM

    Har Shakh pay ulu baitha ha
    Anjam-e-gulistan kya ho ga

    ( There is an owl sitting on every branch of every tree in the garden
    That garden is doomed)

    BTW, Owl is considered dumb in Pakistani literature.

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  • Uza Syed
    Apr 23, 2012 - 8:03PM

    @Natasha Suleman:

    That’s all the more reason for Mian Sharif Nawaz not to pass up this opportunity and do what’s needed (and prove Malik wrong and Kaira wrong and the whole of PPP gang wrong!)and satisfy all concerned as well as those who wish to see the Mian a straight shooterRecommend

  • Ch Allah Daad
    Apr 23, 2012 - 8:20PM

    Mr. Kaira should know that asking PML(N) to form a judicial commission is an unconstituional statement. There is nothing wrong in PML(N)’s demand. No judicial commision can be formed wothout advice of Chief Justice of Pakistan.

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  • bazeed khan
    Apr 23, 2012 - 8:28PM

    how mian nawaz sharif can form a commission?
    Is he running the GOVT?

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  • Meekal Ahmed
    Apr 23, 2012 - 8:31PM

    @Zaid Hamid:

    You are not serious, are you?

    Shaheen has some newer Boeing 737-400′s which have all the good stuff in them including the EGPWS and wind-shear warning alerts.

    I think all of Bhoja Air’s aircraft are 727-200′s (the call it Adv for “Advanced” but since I have not seen a cockpit picture I don’t know what is “Advanced” about it but maybe it has some “stuff”). They have a DC-9 sitting somewhere in the Gulf. They have a problem with operating older, very much older-generation a/c and it is an issue, a BIG issue, after one just crashed.

    Maybe we will find out that it was wind-shear and the pilots did their best to save the plane. I am sure they did the best to save their own lives and that of the passengers. No one is suicidal and no one crashes unless overwhelmned by events beyond human capacity to control.

    As for this commission, we need an INDEPENDENT AIR ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION BOARD as they have in other countries — advanced and developing. Is this rocket-science? Is this so difficult to understand?

    The Indian’s use judicial commissions. The team is led by a Judge. Obviously, he has experts advising him. The recent report of the Air India Express at Manglore is very professional and very good. Most witnesses called were line and management pilots and other officials of the airline, including Air India itself. The report of the crash of an Air camaroon Boeing 737-700 into the sea after take-off from Beruit Lebanon is also very good. I don’t think the Lebanese are any smarter than we are.

    We can do it; we just need to do it right.

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  • Faraz
    Apr 23, 2012 - 9:04PM

    @Zaid Hamid:
    they are communist. Maybe we should make our very own “Islamic planes” only for our “Ummah”….flying carpets maybe?

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  • Recycled One
    Apr 23, 2012 - 9:39PM

    Noora Kushti & Zardari Chachu, keep fooling people of Pakistan doesn’t matter it’s Memo Gate, Remond Davis, Drug Scandal or Hajj Scandal, NICL Scandal and BOP Scandal, All you need point scoring at each other all the time. Please don’t do this at least this time because it not only a Bhoja Air Crash it’s the innocent death of 129 people of this Nation. Please pray for them.

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  • Abbas
    Apr 23, 2012 - 10:20PM

    Hate to say this but I agree with Kaira. The Sharifs should not politicize this sensitive matter just to win a vote or two.

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  • HADI SAKEY
    Apr 24, 2012 - 12:21AM

    I only suggest the commission should co-opt an Aviation expert also as a member of the Commission.

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  • Apr 24, 2012 - 12:56AM

    PML N is all talk , no walk.

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  • PakShock
    Apr 24, 2012 - 1:56AM

    @Zaid Hamid: You’re right!
    I say not only airplanes but also Advance Research & Technology, Nuclear Tech, Computer Tech, Medical tech. Pharmaceuticals, Military, Land & Agricultural knowledge along with admissions in Chinese Universities should be started flowing. We will only be few months behind West___ that’s how long it takes China to steal from them and re-manufacture their own version with a little inferior product though, like baby milk with powdered plastic, Make-Up, Medicine, Metal Parts that has less than half the life or original tools.

    By the way if China had given you half the consideration it gave to Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore and India you would have had enough money to buy new planes every time instead of buying “three-time retired” ones.Recommend

  • Hassan
    Apr 24, 2012 - 8:51AM

    Where was NAWAZ SHARIF when Air blue plane crashed? He was quite at that time because CEO of Airblue is Khakkan Abbasi who is also honorable member of PMLN.

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  • Beatle
    Apr 24, 2012 - 10:25AM

    And I recommend the J(r) Khawaja Shareef, ex-CJ, Punjab as the most appropriate man to head ‘Punjab Govt.’ commission. Remember that he is the same guy who acknowledged in his auto-biography that he accepted cash funds and plots from Sharif Brothers while still serving as LHC Judge. And he has very proudly included photographs in the book, accepting the ‘Lafafas’.

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  • Naheed
    Apr 24, 2012 - 8:33PM

    The PML-N has opposed the commission on the pretext that the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court has not been consulted on the commission. The party has also criticised the members of the commission who had been PCO judges. At this hour of grief and sadness, the PML-N is expected to behave maturely. It is certainly a bad time to manipulate this issue for political point scoring. According to the Pakistan Commission of Inquiry Act 1956, the federal government can set up an inquiry commission to probe any matter of serious concern independently. There is no such clause in the Act that binds it to consult the Chief Justice of Pakistan in this regard. The second objection of the PML-N is the appointment of two PCO judges as part of the three-member commission. These two retired judges have already been punished for what they did in the past. Objecting to their fresh appointment seems churlish and unfair now. If the government has inducted them for their expertise, the matter should not be politicised, rather it is time to support such initiatives, which have at last been undertaken after already wasting precious time.Recommend

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