The Lahore High Court has sought details of two incidents of fire at Services Hospital and directed the Punjab government to file its written reply within fifteen days.
Justice Ijazul Ahsan issued this order on a petition filed by Advocate Noshab A Khan seeking direction for a judicial inquiry into the fire at the Services Hospital nursery which has left 10 infants dead and 15 injured.
The counsel for the government said that the government had formed a fact finding committee to investigate the fire. The petitioner responded that the government’s committee was meant to protect the guilty. He said a judicial inquiry was essential for an impartial investigation.
The petitioner said this was the third major fire at Services Hospital in the last two years. The petitioner prayed that the health secretary be directed to ensure that all hospitals in Punjab update their electrical and emergency response systems to avoid such incidents.
The petitioner also said the authorities should provide the injured babies with the best possible treatment free of charge and compensation should be paid to the families of the dead and injured babies. The petitioner also prayed that the inquiry committee be headed by a retired judge of the high court and that it be directed to submit its report within a week.
Published In The Express Tribune, June 12th, 2012.