Air Blue crash: SHC issues notices to airline’s CEO

Published: February 25, 2011
The site of the AirBlue plane crash in Islamabad. PHOTO: FILE

The site of the AirBlue plane crash in Islamabad. PHOTO: FILE

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court issued notices to the chairman of private airline Air Blue Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, the Ministry of Defence, Air Traffic Controllers of Karachi and Islamabad, Civil Aviation Authority, federal law minister and Medical Superintendent of PIMS hospital, Islamabad for a date to be fixed later by the office of the court.

The petition was filed by the Human Rights and Civil Liberties Society, maintaining that investigations in the fatal accident are still inconclusive and are being kept secret for obvious reasons. He said that although there are reports that compensation has been paid to the heirs of the victims of the tragedy, the payment was made under Pakistani law.

Nisar A Mujahid Advocate appearing for the petitioner NGO submitted before Chief Justice Mushir Alam and Justice Syed Hasan Azhar Rizvi that the respondents were bound to pay compensation according to international law and also to keep the people of Pakistan posted about the investigations. If there is slow progress it should also be brought to the knowledge of the people.

He prayed the court to order the respondents to make public the stage of investigations and details of payment of compensation to the heirs of the deceased.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 25th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • RizwanTKhan
    Feb 25, 2011 - 12:09PM

    Good work courts.Recommend

  • Haris Lodhi
    Feb 25, 2011 - 1:36PM

    This is because of Air Blue Crash Affactees Group efforts.

    Haris Lodhi
    son of shireen lodhi (Victim )Recommend

  • Aqeel Ahmed Khan Sherwani
    Feb 25, 2011 - 2:30PM

    Air blue got the insurance amount but not paying to victims families.
    Courts must accelerate their proceedings to give fast justice…Recommend

  • Blithe
    Feb 25, 2011 - 5:13PM

    There has to be accountability here.

    Otherwise we are bound to have more crashes and tragic indicdents…Recommend

  • Meekal Ahmed
    Feb 25, 2011 - 5:51PM

    This is excellent news. The Court should summon/order the accident report from the Ministry of Defense. It is all there including the “Probable Cause”. Recommend

  • Hammad
    Feb 25, 2011 - 7:44PM

    @Aqeel Ahmed Khan

    Please do not comment on something you don’t know.

    As per procedures Insurance company will contact the affactees directly and pay the insurance amount. Airblue will not be involved in payment process.

    So please do some research before posting a comment.


  • Balram
    Feb 26, 2011 - 3:04AM

    What does accountability has to do with more crashes? I dont see the cause and effect here.
    Insurance companies have a notorious reputation of delaying their payments because it effects their balance of payments and liquidity. Recommend

  • MS
    Mar 7, 2011 - 3:20AM

    @Haris: Sorry to hear about your loss. Good work by the Affactees Group and please don’t give up your efforts in finding out the truth. This nation is in a mess because no one has ever been held responsible for murder and corruption. Recommend

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