258 dead in Karachi garment factory fire

Published: September 12, 2012

Rescue work continues at the factory. PHOTO: AYESHA MIR/ THE EXPRESS TRIBUNE

Rescue work continues at the factory. PHOTO: AYESHA MIR/ THE EXPRESS TRIBUNE A sign board at the factory explaining the evacuation plan in case of emergency. PHOTO: AYESHA MIR/ THE EXPRESS TRIBUNE Fire put off, rescue work continues as death toll expected to rise. PHOTO: AYESHA MIR/ THE EXPRESS TRIBUNE Firefighters extinguish a fire that erupted in a garment factory in Karachi on September 12, 2012.  PHOTO: AFP A woman holds a portrait of her son while waiting with others to identify his body, after a fire at a garment factory in Karachi September 12, 2012.  PHOTO: REUTERS A woman mourns the death of her relatives in front of the garment factory in Karachi on September 12, 2012. PHOTO: AFP  Members of City Fire Services use an aerial lift to move a dead body recovered from a building, after a fire at a garment factory in Karachi September 12, 2012. PHOTO: REUTERS Authorities claimed that around 100 trapped workers were rescued; however, death toll expected to increase. PHOTO: AFP Terming it a third degree fire, officials said the blaze had completely engulfed and damaged the infrastructure of building. PHOTO: AFP
KARACHI: 

The official death toll from a garment factory fire in Baldia Town area of Karachi has been revised downwards to 258 from 289, as the city’s top administration official said Wednesday.

“The death toll is 258. This is not final, search for more bodies continues,” commissioner Karachi Roshan Shaikh said.

Talking to The Express Tribune, Shaikh said that the dead also included women and children, adding that 95 bodies were shifted to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, 71 at the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre and 92 at the Civil Hospital, Karachi.

Amongst the dead, DNA samples of 85 bodies have been obtained, however their identities could not be ascertained yet.

Unidentified bodies were shifted to the Edhi morgue where an information cell was also established to help the families to identify their missing loved ones.

Earlier at the site of the incident, Karachi police chief Iqbal Mahmood had said rescue teams were still trying to gain access to parts of the factory, which caught fire late on Tuesday, and the death toll could rise.

The chief justice of Sindh High Court has taken a suo motu notice of the fire incident.

An initial report of the incident has been submitted to the Sindh government.

According to the report, workers had arrived at the factory to receive their pays at the time of the incident and all doors had been closed to prevent theft.

Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon confirmed the findings, adding that the shut exit doors resulted in the massive loss of life.

Memon said the government would bear all the expenses of those who were injured.

Sindh Governor Ishratul Ebad said that appropriate action will be taken against those responsible for the incident. “We will inquire against the owner of the factory. We have even put his name in the ECL (Exit Control List),” he told the media. He has also announced a day of mourning on the city on Wednesday.

The factory belongs to Ali Enterprises, which is owned by Abdul Aziz and Shahid Bhaila. The company is a member of the Pakistan Hosiery Association and an active sales and income tax filer.

Express News correspondent Nadeem Ahmed reported that the basement is now being emptied of water and then the bodies, around 50 in number, will be recovered.

The Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) has announced of waiving all existing outstanding electricity bills of the affected families.

According to a press release published online, the KESC said that the electricity bill payment for the next six months will also be exempted for the bereaved families.

Fire department officials said that they had managed to control fire in most parts of the factory and were now trying to recover bodies from the building.

The factory structure, having been exposed to a sweltering blaze for over eight hours, was now in a precarious condition with cracks appearing in its walls. The building had sagged from one side and rescue officials too had warned that the building could collapse at any moment.

Three-day mourning 

The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) announced it would mark three days of mourning to mark the deaths of the scores of people killed in factory fires in Karachi and Lahore.

In a statement issued early Wednesday morning, the party announced that it would put up black flags at MQM offices and party activists would wear black armbands as well as attend the funerals of those killed. The party clarified that businesses would remain open on its day of mourning.

MQM chief Altaf Hussain and the Coordination Committee have asked the provincial governments of Sindh and Punjab to investigate what transpired and take action against those responsible for the fires.

In a statement, Altaf asked the provincial governments to make this a matter of priority and to inform people of the facts within three days, otherwise the MQM would have no choice but to make its own policy to protect people’s lives.

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Updated from print edition below

Karachi garment factory fire kills 20

While some parts of Karachi were dealing with flooding from heavy rain, at least 20 people were killed and about two dozen others were wounded when a huge blaze gutted a garment factory on the city’s outskirts on Tuesday evening.  Some two dozen people were still trapped inside the building at last report.

So potent was the blaze that firefighters admitted they were unable to complete the rescue operation due to the intensity of the fire and shortage of water – despite help from the Pakistan Navy’s firefighting team. “There is so much heat that we cannot even enter the building and just hosing down from the outside,” said Chief Fire Officer Ehtishamuddin Siddiqui. “The fire needs to be extinguished from above and we have called the Pakistan Air Force for help.”

He said that there were about 1,500 workers present in the three-storey, 2,000-sq-yard factory located on Hub River Road when the fire broke at around 6 pm. Authorities claimed that around 100 trapped workers were rescued by the firefighters and locals; however, there are fears that the death toll could increase. There were reports that one child was also among the dead.

Earlier, according to sources at the Civil Hospital, the bodies of twelve men and three women were brought to the hospital. They added that more than two dozen injured victims were also brought in.

At least 22 fire vehicles were at the site. District West SSP Amir Farooqui said that an exact death toll could not be ascertained until the fire was extinguished. He further said that the cause of the fire is still unknown, adding that an inquiry would be conducted in this regard.

The commissioner of Karachi has ordered police to lodge an FIR against the factory owner.

Terming it a third degree fire, fire brigade officials said the blaze had completely engulfed and damaged the infrastructure of the building.

They further said that the rescue mission was really difficult as there is only one exit in the building.

CFO Ehtishamuddin also said that the fire fighters were facing several problems “Right now, we are trying to get inside the factory, where we fear we will find more bodies,” he said.  In an attempt to save their lives, many trapped workers broke doors and windows, and jumped off the building, before the fire fighters arrived at the site.

Extra contingents of Rangers and police also reached the site to avoid any untoward incident as scores of people, including workers of nearby factories and victims’ relatives, gathered outside. According to reports, the crowd also tried to participate in the rescue operation, which sparked off a scuffle with law enforcers.

While protesting against the fire brigade and other officials present at the site, the crowd said that there would have been no loss of life or property if the fire brigade reached on time.

PAF response

Pakistan Air Force spokesman Nadeem Khan, when contacted, said that nobody has approached PAF regarding an air operation, adding that they would participate in the operation if they are called. “We have no such aircraft that can specifically be used to extinguish the fire from the air,” said the spokesman. “We can utilise a C-130 aircraft if required.”

Published in The Express Tribune, September 12th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (127)

  • Yasir
    Sep 12, 2012 - 6:19AM

    Use of fire retardants should be made compulsory by law atleast in the commercial and industrial sector if not in residential sector.It’s a global practice.They actually delay the start of.burning process through a process called charring during a fire.It is life saving because you gey valuable time for fire fighting measures

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  • Sharjeel Jawaid
    Sep 12, 2012 - 7:39AM

    Such factories are unregulated and thrive on monthly payment to government officials. The responsibility of such disasters rests jointly on the owners and the government.

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  • Hafiz Shah Ali
    Sep 12, 2012 - 7:49AM

    Was the factory not inspected yearly by Civil Defence authority etc.
    Who gave the building permit
    Impartial inquiry is needed on urgent basis and action should be taken

    Where is the owner of the factory?

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  • Majid
    Sep 12, 2012 - 7:58AM

    Business sector in Pakistan needs a complete overhaul like the economic reforms did by PMLN in 90s. Our businesses are earning hefty amounts going unproportionally into one pocket and employees are given on meagre salaries. No safety, no rules, no labour laws, no working conditions…nothing….But only one direction and one goad, a Honda Civic and a Totyota Altis.

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  • Iman Ali
    Sep 12, 2012 - 7:58AM

    Safe and security is the vital issue and the department of governments are basically run by corrupt officers and they never fulfill their duty with honesty and never check safety measure in factories and big industries so no wonder we have to suffer heavy loss of human lives!!!……this departments should be given to under mayor then bureaucrates they are not answerable to the people of Pakistan.

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  • Mian Sohail Sarwar
    Sep 12, 2012 - 8:16AM

    Why factory’s and its owners names are being concealed.

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  • FP
    Sep 12, 2012 - 8:50AM

    No safety rules are observed in Pakistan Industries.
    Human life has no value in Pak

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  • Zalim Singh
    Sep 12, 2012 - 9:04AM

    Shocking. There are factories in Pakistan.

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  • Punjabi ka baab
    Sep 12, 2012 - 9:08AM

    Two fires at the same day? You think it is normal? NO, listen, stop terrorizing others or you will pay really big!

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  • Zealous
    Sep 12, 2012 - 9:18AM

    May ALLAH rest all of those soul in eternal peace.

    It is horrific and extremely painful.

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  • citizen
    Sep 12, 2012 - 9:33AM

    Oh god ! it is a terrible incident .Rest in peace deceased.I am sure inquiry results won’t be made public and if owner is at fault , he will walk as free man . The JUSTICE system we have , sigh .

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  • Asif
    Sep 12, 2012 - 9:40AM

    Without knowing any facts, how we just come on such conclusions. Just blaming the owners is ridiculous. I know this factory and it was an excellent new building; there is no issue of building permit ! This company was exporter to Top international brands and hence all social complainces and fire safety measures were seriously implemented. There were also strict rules against Child labour. Having said that, fire was most probably started due to heavy rains, but became such a tragedy due to incompetency of the fire department who reached 2 hours after the emergency call and they didn’t have water. Only government is to blame who are running a country and cannot even provide basic facilities like water, ambulances and fire brigades. Now instead of apologizing, our governor and ministers are making this a political issue and making owners the scapegoat to get votes.

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  • SaneVoice
    Sep 12, 2012 - 9:44AM

    September 11 an odd day associated with deaths.

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  • Sep 12, 2012 - 10:03AM

    This is truly a very, very sad day for Karachi Shareef and Lahore. Sanity was lost.

    We have a small office on I. I. Chundrigar Road but it is fully equipped with a fire extinguisher, smoke alarm and first aid box; the minimum requirements by Civil Defense Department. The building unfortunately does not have a fire escape route and the fire hose installed on the mezzanine floor now manifests an empty glass case.

    The reason for all this unmitigated dementia is the lack of educated and honest persons on the job and above all, too many political parties from the rural areas putting ‘sifarshis’ on the job. Not to say the least about the perennial palm greasing to the manifold government departments.

    That is why the Parliament is a failure in legislation and implementation. Had there been a Local Government in place things could have been different. Sufficient budgeting and timely release of funds to the Local Bodies will ensure less disasters caused through negligence. Mind you, Pakistan cannot live with anymore ‘hate legislation.’ Salams to Pakistan

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  • Indian Wisdom
    Sep 12, 2012 - 10:15AM

    Very unfortunate!!! Non Compliance of security norms proves very costly to the human life. We have sen similar incidences in India, the recent one in Tamil Nadu. It was avoidable loss of so many lives…..

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  • Iman Ali
    Sep 12, 2012 - 10:40AM

    @the Skunk:
    I totally agree with you on the issue of SIFARSHI QUOTA BASED BUREAUCRACY has nothing to do but corruption and negligence to perform their duty with honesty. The only local government system can save the lives with these kind of unfortunate incidents but who cares most of the parties playing ethnic politics and they do not have any value of human life otherwise they should support the system which gives more autonomy to the people on the grass root so that they can act together to implement the laws in such industries and factories that never adopt safety measure for its workers and they should be punished with iron handed. May Allah rest the departed souls in peace.

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  • True Muslim Paki
    Sep 12, 2012 - 10:42AM

    Very sad news.

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  • Hunnain
    Sep 12, 2012 - 10:50AM

    Ok, before the incident owner might be contributing to the economy of Pakistan in terms of tax, employment, exports and what not….I think now the owner of the factory needs government help in this matter.
    Earlier he was generating employment in an economy and God knows how many families were fed, but now when out of no where there is a factory fire everyones against him,

    NOT FAIR PAKISTANIS, NOT FAIR

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  • Hunnain
    Sep 12, 2012 - 10:52AM

    @citizen:
    @Zalim Singh:
    @Mian Sohail Sarwar:
    Ok, before the incident owner might be contributing to the economy of Pakistan in terms of tax, employment, exports and what not….I think now the owner of the factory needs government help in this matter.
    Earlier he was generating employment in an economy and God knows how many families were fed, but now when out of no where there is a factory fire everyones against him,

    NOT FAIR PAKISTANIS, NOT FAIR

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  • unbiased
    Sep 12, 2012 - 11:08AM

    really sad incident .. may the souls rest in peace and the LORD give strength to the families .. when the law is in place for safe working environment, y the authorities dont make sure that these factories implement them .. the incident is a clear example of corruption on government’s part as this unsafe factory was allowed to operate ..

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  • Muhammad Furqan Ijaz
    Sep 12, 2012 - 11:10AM

    Ina Lila hi wa Ina Elaihay rajeeon. Fire retardents must be used.

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  • Maher
    Sep 12, 2012 - 11:13AM

    Very sad, very very sad… 100 people died and I guess whole of the Karachi’s fire brigades were called and they did not control the fire .. Shameful

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  • Jat
    Sep 12, 2012 - 12:05PM

    Very sad. We have had similar incidents in India. Lack of maintenance of fire fighting equipment and failure to employ fire safety regulations are the usual causes.

    There is a report here that there was only one exit, which is very dangerous when 1500 people are working inside. Usually in our region we do not have required number of fire exits, and if they are there then those are used for other purposes to save space and money.

    We should learn to respect the value of each and every human life.

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  • Mumtaz.Rizvi
    Sep 12, 2012 - 12:22PM

    The catastrophe is the courtsey of K.E.S.C and the Materialistic Capitalist mindset which is ruling our countrey

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  • Vigilant
    Sep 12, 2012 - 12:28PM

    Sad news…..May deceased souls rest in Jannah……Ameen

    No rules & regulations, No implementation, Rampart corruption and official negligence & here is the result…..100s dead in Karachi & Lahore

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  • Amer
    Sep 12, 2012 - 12:33PM

    This really makes me sad. The fire department should have been more efficient and there should have been a fire saftey plan that ensures that the top priority is on saving lives. I think there should be a complete inquiry into this incident and the reasons behind it should be brought to light. There should be more strick fire saftey measures in all such factories.

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  • SurelySure!!
    Sep 12, 2012 - 12:55PM

    very very sad indeed!
    may God help the factory owners to value HUMANITY 1st !Recommend

  • Noor
    Sep 12, 2012 - 1:17PM

    These disaster will keep occurring until DRR is made a priority by the state and the government. We can blame terrorism and sectarian killings, but natural disasters, road accidents, fire incidents and collapsing buildings are still the biggest killers of humanity.

    I agree with the person above who said that these were avoidable deaths.

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  • ab
    Sep 12, 2012 - 1:56PM

    after how many fires and deaths our fire dept will have the proper equipment?!!!. this shows the grave corruption in the dept. it is very sad to see that the death has become so insignificant!!!.

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  • not impressed
    Sep 12, 2012 - 2:11PM

    i just visited the site. There were under age children working in this factory, along with women. The Fire chief told me the factory was designed like a jail – there was only one exit point. The windows had grills on them which caused more deaths because people couldn’t jump out either.

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  • Khan of Cape Town
    Sep 12, 2012 - 2:16PM

    What a country. Dozens die with flood waters on the same day when hundreds die with fire.

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  • A2Z
    Sep 12, 2012 - 2:32PM

    Inna Lillahe Wa Inna Elaih-e-Rajioon

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  • Afzaalkhan
    Sep 12, 2012 - 2:50PM

    @Punjabi ka baab

    Shame on u. Get a life

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  • Mohammad
    Sep 12, 2012 - 2:59PM

    This matter will float for few days… than everyone will forget…

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  • bilal
    Sep 12, 2012 - 3:06PM

    sad

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  • Fahim
    Sep 12, 2012 - 3:10PM

    Inalillah-e-Wainna ilehei rajioon

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  • Sir King Kong Bunty
    Sep 12, 2012 - 3:16PM

    My god the numbers are increasing steadily.

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  • Zuhair
    Sep 12, 2012 - 3:16PM

    Blame whoever you want to – the KMC and/or the previous local governments cant pass on the blame

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  • Capt.Black Beard
    Sep 12, 2012 - 3:25PM

    What a tragedy !! My prayers go to the families of the victims. May they find the strength to cope.

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  • Rana
    Sep 12, 2012 - 3:37PM

    Karachi & Lahore incidents are terrible disasters in resent past; Allah All Mighty may rest their souls in heaven and shower His blessings upon grieve families of the victims.

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  • Afzaalkhan
    Sep 12, 2012 - 3:47PM

    @Khan of Cape Town

    And thats your contribution to this tragedy? Wow am overwhelmed by ur compassion.

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  • xyz
    Sep 12, 2012 - 3:49PM

    Please stop blaming the owner before investigating the genuine reason behind factory fire.

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  • Azmat
    Sep 12, 2012 - 4:11PM

    Very clearly, simply from the pictures available on our Televisions, it can be seen that the windows of the factory were grilled and offered no means of escape for the workers. No decent fire aware installation could have approved it, let alone one “overseen” by international customers, as hinted by one reader above.

    In Pakistan, even the most elitist organizations provide perfunctory importance to staff safety. However, it is the employees themselves, who should identify such shortcomings and, as unions or individuals, ensure they know how to get out of a tough situation at the workplace, if the need ever arises.

    Awareness of danger and a little effort on our part individually in identifying solutions / options, can go a long way in helping avoid such horrendous disasters.

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  • Dushmann
    Sep 12, 2012 - 4:11PM

    very sad. RIP

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  • sdndk
    Sep 12, 2012 - 4:19PM

    Wow. The number keeps going up. There needs to be an inquiry now, and factories made to review their fire safety situation. Judging from the large number of dead, my guess is there was no concept of fire exits and people were trapped inside. Fire exits should be a minimum requirement everywhere.

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  • ajay
    Sep 12, 2012 - 4:23PM

    this is truly a tragic and devastating for the families who lost their loved ones. authorities must check all of industrial and commercial production facilites to ensure to that no such incidnet could occure in future. please factory owners do some thing for people who ork for you instead of balloning your pockets.

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  • Syed
    Sep 12, 2012 - 4:23PM

    So damn sad. who died in the fire? the poor who was there to support his poor family. its unfortunate that its always the poor helpless innocent people dying in Pakistan. This is such a huge number. May Allah help the families.

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  • adeel qadri
    Sep 12, 2012 - 4:23PM

    Its not just 250 ppl who died, these are 250 families who will suffer from this disaster. God knows, what on earth our Govt and Law enforcement departments doing. Another Saddest day… :(

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  • MKB
    Sep 12, 2012 - 4:26PM

    Arresting the factory owner for not following the laid-down SOPs with regards to fire safety, fire exists etc, sure. Arresting the government bodies responsible for ensuring these standards are met, and failing to do so should be next on the list. Arresting the people responsible for ensuring that government bodies do their job should also be on the list.

    Day of mourning? What good will that do? Yes, we could mourn the death of any form of governance or rule of law in Karachi.

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  • Sir King Kong Bunty
    Sep 12, 2012 - 4:34PM

    Where is Imran Khan now? What about his jalsa in Karachi? All this is just a sham by PTI

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  • Not me
    Sep 12, 2012 - 4:37PM

    Death toll of 286 in this fire is so sad.
    were were the helicopters, search and rescue teams of NDMA?

    This incidence is worse than Air Blue air crash in which 152 people died and Bhoja Air crash in which 127 persons died

    Serious action should be taken against all officials and the owners responsible
    Families of those who died should be compensated by selling the assets of the factory

    Sindh Govt has announced to give compensation of Rs 5,00,000 per person.Well the figure comes to Rs 14,30,00,000 ( 14 crore plus)

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  • Amer
    Sep 12, 2012 - 4:38PM

    It’s shameful how some people put rubbish comments on a news item where more the 300 people have died in this fire.

    Inalliah-hi-wa-inaa-ilyhi-rajioon.

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  • Not me
    Sep 12, 2012 - 4:42PM

    This is the worse industrial fire in history with death toll of 289.
    The Kader Toy Factory fire was a fire in May 1993 at a factory in Thailand. is considered the worst industrial factory fire in history. 188 people were killed

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  • nomi
    Sep 12, 2012 - 4:46PM

    @ Zalim Singh

    The Bhopal disaster is enough to put the whole of your country to shame.

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  • Ali
    Sep 12, 2012 - 4:48PM

    Innalillahi Wainna ilehei ra’ajihoon… Recommend

  • SAB
    Sep 12, 2012 - 4:48PM

    289?? Are you serious? There is no law in this country! What about workplace safety-health and hazard? The owner of the factory should be brought before a court and be punished accordingly. 300 people perish over night? What is the value of human life here in Pakistan? How could they not escape? Unbelievable !

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  • Jat
    Sep 12, 2012 - 4:57PM

    @xyz: To all supporters of the owners – Had a good look at the building on TV. It really is built like a jail, the police officer in-charge said there was only one exit and it got blocked by fire. Moreover all the windows were barred.

    Also from the reports, the highly inflammable chemicals were not safely stored in a separate secure place. This caused the fire to spread very quickly giving very little time for escape.

    Blame, or not to blame – you decide.

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  • HS
    Sep 12, 2012 - 5:03PM

    Please God, may the unfortunate fallen rest in peace. Amen

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  • Missmullah
    Sep 12, 2012 - 5:04PM

    Feel sorry, May God help their families bear this huge loss. Hey Ram !

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  • Sep 12, 2012 - 5:08PM

    condolences from Indian brothers.
    may god bless the departed souls and give strength to the survivors.

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  • AP
    Sep 12, 2012 - 5:10PM

    Allah the merciful is angry because Muslims have forgotten how to follow his religion. May Allah spare us from his laathi.Recommend

  • Azmat
    Sep 12, 2012 - 5:11PM

    @ XYZ
    The owners are not being blamed for starting the fire, they are being blamed for the lack of safety precautions that is their legal and moral obligation to provide to the people who work for them and on whose blood and sweat these owners are enriched.

    I too know some factory owners, smaller than this particular installation, who take exceptional care towards all possible safety hazards at their factories / workshops and I also know those who don’t!

    There is no doubt in my mind that in this particular event, the factory owner is to be blamed for not providing adequate safety measures or training or awareness to its employees.

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  • Noor
    Sep 12, 2012 - 5:12PM

    289 people !!! Was that a furnace !! ohh god,, Recommend

  • rome
    Sep 12, 2012 - 5:22PM

    very sad incident and then government and our media dont understand why the people take the law in their own hand and punish the culprits.

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  • elcay
    Sep 12, 2012 - 5:24PM

    @MKB: very well said.If there were HONEST agencies to investigate all those responsible,it will be true homage to the victims. SHC should explore the possibility of insurance payout( to owners of the factoy) remains in Pakistan and that amount is fully invested back in Pakistan.Recommend

  • Emmad
    Sep 12, 2012 - 5:26PM

    Where is your Allah now?

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  • Ahmad
    Sep 12, 2012 - 5:30PM

    I have no words to describe my anger and disappointment at the two tragedies in Karachi and Lahore..
    Relaxed regulations, corrupt officials, lack of education on safety, lack of committment on safety, are few to balme for such tragedies..

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  • Syed Owais
    Sep 12, 2012 - 5:31PM

    @Zalim Singh
    fyi, they all work even at 12:00. :)

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  • Indian Wisdom
    Sep 12, 2012 - 5:36PM

    The number keeps on increasing!!! So sad !!! Hundreds of lives were lost in an avoidable incidence…

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  • Sergio
    Sep 12, 2012 - 5:36PM

    I wanna know the factory’s name. Wy no one say it?!

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  • Sep 12, 2012 - 5:38PM

    @Sir King Kong Bunty:
    shame on you, have some shame stop this nonsense on this very sad moment

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  • Maria
    Sep 12, 2012 - 5:54PM

    @Sir King Kong Bunty: The Sind government should resign and hold its head in shame – sounds like the New York City garment fires of the 1920s.

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  • Paindu
    Sep 12, 2012 - 6:03PM

    @Sir King Kong Bunty

    What does Imran Khan and his Khi jalsa have to do with this ? Are you on crack ? Keep your insecurities to yourself and focus on the issue

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  • Imran Haider
    Sep 12, 2012 - 6:05PM

    Well this unfortunate incident has divested poor governance of our so called safety boards or fire frightening public institutions. They are just paid from taxes of a general public. Top government management is just bother about their political goals. There still number of industries which have even greater potential of human loss due to such unsafe conditions. I request Government to take measure in this regard, involve privater bodies who are well known for their safety e.g the OSHA complaint companies in Pakistan and do seek help from experienced individuals.Plan safety audits of local industry and take stringent actions against who are not even contributing a bit for what they have been paid for and local industries are not complaining safety rules.

    Praying for Safe Pakistan.,,

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  • AQEEL
    Sep 12, 2012 - 6:06PM

    our prayers are with all involved

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  • ab
    Sep 12, 2012 - 6:11PM

    @Sir King Kong Bunty well i feel sorry for you!. there is not a single mention of imran khan in the news other then you and me now.

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  • Sep 12, 2012 - 6:15PM

    I had disapointed to know about such a big human losses at khi. So sad! God may help they people in this difficult time. Please everyone pray for the departed souls Allah may keep their souls in peace and rest at heaven…

    Soladarity from Kalash
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  • adeel qadri
    Sep 12, 2012 - 6:17PM

    @Sir KING KONG … what is PTI to do with that? I think Govt is responsible for that right?

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  • Sergio
    Sep 12, 2012 - 6:22PM

    Ali Enterprises in the factory’s name

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  • Syed
    Sep 12, 2012 - 6:27PM

    This is what happens when we don’t fix the issues when they begin. If we look at it they are really simple… but When we let even critical thing simmer and grow into a monster what can we expect on implementing these apprently minor laws which can potentially cause something like this.
    We could end terrorism (no matter what the cause) by simply punishing the culprit swifty and easily foil whatever conspiracies (real or imaginary)
    We could have simply avoided this tragedy by simply implementing proper building codes in the begining (they are easiest when you are designing the building)

    It would be in the interest of everyone if we simply implement the law (starting from the top). Sometime I think we are more lazy then we are corrupt as laziness leads us to do short cuts in everything

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  • Awais
    Sep 12, 2012 - 6:27PM

    Government really needs to formulate a safety standard for these industries and enforce the Fire Retardant Personal Protective Equipment for this work.

    There is so much work to be done in Pakistan and our politicians just worry about elections and their authority.

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  • RHM
    Sep 12, 2012 - 6:31PM

    Contact details of Ali Enterprises on Pakistan Hosiery Manufacturers Assoc website

    http://www.phmaonline.com/MemberDetail.asp?ID=189

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  • Sep 12, 2012 - 6:33PM

    This reporter do not know the name of the factory or its owner. What type of journalists this media is feeding. Regarding the tragedy, the assets of the owner should be confiscated and distributed to the families of the victims.

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  • Ch. Tahir
    Sep 12, 2012 - 6:37PM

    Firstly, we are prayful for those departed souls, who lost their lives while earning Halal livelihood and may Allah grant patience to their families and dear ones.
    Secondly, we strongly criticize the:
    The Factory owner, for not maintaining proper system (fire/exit).
    The Government Department for not imposing proper rules and regulations in factory.
    The Poorly managed rescue operation, which took them so long and yet to finish.
    This Loss is terrible and irreversible but future precautions with proper management can save lot.

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  • DavidL
    Sep 12, 2012 - 6:45PM

    The Governor Sindh should resign at once1Recommend

  • Raj Kafir
    Sep 12, 2012 - 6:59PM

    Two Fires in the same day………..RAW, CIA and MOSSAD…………were they seen in Lahore and Karachi?

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  • Hina Rabbani Car
    Sep 12, 2012 - 7:09PM

    Lets take it “realistically” and not “emotionally”….Pakistan mein har din kuch kuch hota hai !!Recommend

  • Ammara
    Sep 12, 2012 - 7:15PM

    An extremely unfortunate event that holds Government H&S regulations guilty. Alas,the officials were too busy collecting blood money.

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  • Ali Kanch
    Sep 12, 2012 - 7:15PM

    Why the Airforce is waiting for someone to approach them. Who are they serving? Civilians? or themselves? Recommend

  • nitish
    Sep 12, 2012 - 7:19PM

    Pakistan is perhaps the most happening country in the world.Sad to hear!!!!!

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  • The Sanity
    Sep 12, 2012 - 7:20PM

    KESC must be sued for a billion dollars.They are the one responsible for this massacre,with their fluctuating voltages and all.Before this fiasco things used to get burned and now people?!

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  • Paki Mahajjer
    Sep 12, 2012 - 7:35PM

    Where is MQM so called Dictator / Leader Altaf Husain, , MQM did not manage the services in Karachi to put the FIRE in one Factory, how they are going to run Karachi?

    I demand ALL MQM MPA, 51 on them must be sacked and must not be allowed to stand again on MQM Ticket and MQM must not be given authority to Run Karachi in Local Government.

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  • Raj
    Sep 12, 2012 - 7:37PM

    Sincerest condolences to all the victims and their families.

    Unfortunately in the Sub Continent we haven’t learnt to value human life enough to prevent such tragedies.

    How many more times, how many more lives lost before we do ?

    Today in the UK there was report into a football stadium disaster in which 96 fans died in 1989 because of police incompetence – they are still remembered to this very day.

    In India, Pakistan or Bangladesh they would have been forgotten about after a week and the culprits never brought to task.

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  • Naseer
    Sep 12, 2012 - 7:40PM

    Very depressing an sad news. May God give courage to the affected families to cope with their loved ones.

    What our govt will do now:
    Create a investigation committee
    Open an investigation
    Declare a day of mourning
    DO NOTHING TO AVOID SIMILAR TRAGEDY IN FUTURE

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  • Enlightened
    Sep 12, 2012 - 8:13PM

    I wish they had called for help from PAF who would be equipped like all air-forces with fire retardants like foam and water in containers mounted on large aircrafts and helicopters to extinguish fire of such large scale, which unfortunately was not asked for by the civil authorities.

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  • Khalq e Khuda
    Sep 12, 2012 - 8:28PM

    It is truly sad! Our national penchant for violating laws and regulations from traffic signals to building codes is taking its toll.

    The factory owner can hardly be blamed as there is general lack of awareness and zero government assistance in implementing work safety codes.

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  • JJ
    Sep 12, 2012 - 8:49PM

    Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un (إِنَّا لِلّهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعونَ)

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  • khansahab
    Sep 12, 2012 - 8:52PM

    With elections round the corner someone will benefit out of it pklitically.

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  • Karachi citizen
    Sep 12, 2012 - 8:53PM

    Why media is not highlighting the name of factory owner and what was the name of the factory?

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  • Suresh
    Sep 12, 2012 - 8:56PM

    Very very sad, tragic incident. All those killed are innocent people making an honest living. It is not the fire that killed them, but the greed, apathy, indifference and a corrupt system. My condolences to all.

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  • Ch. Tahir
    Sep 12, 2012 - 9:06PM

    289…..
    Beyond imagination….

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  • Hamid
    Sep 12, 2012 - 9:13PM

    All factories are almost same in term of safety. There is zero safety and 100% tolerance for safety procedures. This exposed because of this incident. I bet, if you conduct safety audit, you will be surprised if a single company could pass this.

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  • ali.sindhi
    Sep 12, 2012 - 9:25PM

    put it on fate and razai e elahi and wait for next disaster to come. you peoples do not no what is safety and security its not your priority

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  • Vijay
    Sep 12, 2012 - 9:28PM

    The problem with third world countries like India and Pakistan is that they ignore safety and precautionary measures in the name of economic progress.

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  • liberal_pak
    Sep 12, 2012 - 9:29PM

    MQM always gives lectures on good governance and quality administration but they are having this Ministry for over a decade. Current Minister of Industries Mr.Rauf Siddiqui also belongs to MQM. Where is their so called good governance and quality of administration??? Who is responsible for the death of innocent 260 people? Will Minister be held accountable? Will MQM dare to accept failure at its part as having charge of this ministry for over a decade but with miserable performance?Minister has to give reply and these are genuine questions.

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  • shahzad
    Sep 12, 2012 - 9:41PM

    Businessman in pakistan all attention gives to Bhatta and bribery which take politics and religious parties in this condition businessman how can maintain security precautions, I think owner of factory not much guilty, politics government of pakistan is the main guilty, rulers in karachi should be hanged on account of so many deaths and they are responsible of deaths, not only owner of factory.

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  • Khan of Cape Town
    Sep 12, 2012 - 9:44PM

    @Afzaalkhan: I mourn on this tragic incident, my dear friend. But I mourn more on the causes of such incidents. Thousands die in floods, but we do not build reservoirs. Hundreds die in factory fires, building collapses, train crashes, and plane crashes, but no one is held responsible. If we mourn on the reasons of such tragedies, we will not mourn of sad losses like this.

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  • Midhat
    Sep 12, 2012 - 10:20PM

    @Raj Kafir:
    Its a sad sad day! Please spare us the sarcastic rant for some other day!

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  • afzaalkhan
    Sep 12, 2012 - 10:33PM

    @Emmad

    I can answer u in such manner that you will never forget but I won’t cuz its useless to answer. Suffice to say if you can provide me your address i will come myself and show u where my ALLAH is.

    ET this is getting way out of hand every day ur newspaper is becoming a place to abuse muslims and pakistan. You should have abuse button and this guy should be banned.Recommend

  • Sep 12, 2012 - 10:51PM

    Poor innocent hardworking factory workers will continue to die because of MASSIVE corruption in City Departments, City Government, Provincial Government and Federal Government in Islamabad. Not only non-compliant factory owners but all corrupt officials allowing such dangerous conditions must be thrown in jail

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  • farhan
    Sep 12, 2012 - 10:56PM

    Another brutal reminder for not following rules and regulations on factory / building code…Hang the owners and their accomplices managers etc including the District Government…

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  • Sep 12, 2012 - 11:06PM

    May they rest in peace. Unfortunately the same cannot be said of the victims’ surviving relatives who’ll be enduring sleepless nights.

    Considering the poor attitudes, construction and enforcement in the country, it was just a matter of time that such a large scale tragedy would hit. But what’s worse is there will be little done to avoid this in the future.

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  • curious
    Sep 12, 2012 - 11:31PM

    What is the name of the factory.. not mentioned any where..!?

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  • Javed
    Sep 12, 2012 - 11:59PM

    The safety inspectors who issued the safety certificate and all official who were responsible
    in any way to let this kind of health hazardous factory do the business are responsible for this tragedy and they must be punished severely,

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  • saleem
    Sep 13, 2012 - 12:57AM

    this is very bad, human life should be valued more then 0.3mn by sindh govt.

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  • Ibrahim
    Sep 13, 2012 - 1:07AM

    @Sir King Kong Bunty

    What do you mean where is Imran Khan? What do you expect him to do?
    What has a Jalsa got to do with this?

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  • irfan gopang
    Sep 13, 2012 - 4:45AM

    @Sir King Kong Bunty:
    sir imran khan is amongest the people & has expressed great sorrow…
    this is no doubt a great tragedy & our prayers are with their families…
    let me also say this is not just a failure of the owner of the factory but also is the great failure of the sindh government…
    i strongly demand that the responsible people must be brought in justice.Recommend

  • Vikram
    Sep 13, 2012 - 5:14AM

    @Hunnain: Ok, before the incident owner might be contributing to the economy of Pakistan in terms of tax, employment, exports and what not….I think now the owner of the factory needs government help in this matter.

    It is owner’s responsibility to make sure there are emergency exit doors that can be used in case of fire. Because of owner’s negligence 258 people died.

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  • Not me
    Sep 13, 2012 - 6:37AM

    After this worst industrial fire tragedy in history of the worlrd,please tell me why Minister of Industry,Minister of Labour and Chief Minister have not resigned

    They should resign at once

    Why is Chamber of Commerce and Industry quite

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  • Fishydiva
    Sep 13, 2012 - 6:51AM

    You should never, ever use life term. Life term is barbaric. Grow up, Pakistan. Less corruption, less life term, more civilisation.

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  • Kumail
    Sep 13, 2012 - 8:14AM

    @Zalim Singh:

    Take your pitty ignorance somewhere else, we don’t need your 2nd class singh comments here.

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  • Mumtaz Rizvi
    Sep 13, 2012 - 10:44AM

    @Sir King Kong Bunty:
    Ohh don’t you know he is all set to go to wazirstan to prevent his loving talibans from drone strikes, his priority is to some how gain the support of these terrorists to further destabilize pakistan

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  • amit
    Sep 13, 2012 - 11:09AM

    Such a terrible tragedy. Absolutely heartrending. I just hope that those who have lost near and dear ones can be compensated in some small way so that they can lead lives of dignity. If the government can act and enforce at least some measures of fire safety and insurance for workers, it may prevent such tragedies in the future. I hope this is the last time one reads something like this about Pakistan.

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  • jia
    Sep 14, 2012 - 12:26AM

    @Asif:
    question is:
    Why there are metal bars on the windows?
    Why all the exit and entrance doors were locked?
    Why there is no window in the basement?
    Many people ran for their lives towards the door but the door were locked.Imagine the situation and then you will understand how selfish and careless the owners are?….

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  • ashfaq
    Sep 14, 2012 - 11:31AM

    very sad

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  • musharraf
    Sep 18, 2012 - 7:43PM

    this all is happened due to currpt goverment and courrpt beaurocrates.and parties .ppp mqm plmn pmlq anp all the parties

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  • Oct 3, 2012 - 7:24PM

    very sad

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