QUETTA: Gadani shipbreaking yard is a profitable sector for Balochistan which can be improved, said Balochistan’s Chief Secretary Shoaib Mir.
He said this while talking to newsmen following his visit to the shipyard. Mir on his visit was also briefed about the shipbreaking yard by Commissioner Kalat and also chaired a high level meeting which was attended by Commissioner Kalat Hashim Ghilzai, Deputy Commissioner Mujeebur Rehman, SSP Lasbella Zia Mandokhail, shipbreakers, members of labour unions and representatives of other relevant departments.
Earlier in February, Balochistan Chief Minister Sanaullah Zehri banned the breaking of tanker vessels and LPG containers at Gadani until a proper safety mechanism was devised and adopted.
Chairing a high-level meeting, the chief minister directed authorities concerned to evolve a strategy for avoiding incidents like the November 1 blaze at the ship-breaking yard.
He termed incidents like the accident – which according to an official tally claimed around 20 lives but is feared to have resulted in the deaths of more than 100 labourers – intolerable.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 3rd, 2017.