Federal Minister for Aviation Ghulam Sarwar said the federal government has notified an inquiry board comprising of Pakistan Air Force (PAF) officials who will do an independent inquiry into the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) aircraft flying from Lahore to Karachi that crashed in the densely populated area of Model Colony on Friday.
Addressing the media at the crash site, the aviation minister said Prime Minister Imran Khan has ordered an immediate inquiry into the matter, adding that Airbus officials, comprising French and German experts, will also do a separate inquiry.
Sindh Governor Imran Ismail maintained that the premier will ensure a fair inquiry into the crash, in the same way that he exposed the sugar crisis, adding that a 100 per cent free and fair inquiry will be ensured.
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The aviation minister expressed his condolences to the families of those who lost their lives in the tragic accident. He said the pilots, passengers and PIA crew members were martyred.
Sarwar further said the survivors will be given Rs500,000 and damaged cars and houses will also be compensated for by the government.
The minister said the government will do its best to provide the insurance amount of Rs5 million to the families of the martyred on an immediate basis.
He also paid tribute to social welfare organisations, law enforcement agencies and especially the citizens of the area who worked tirelessly to put out the fire and save the lives of those under the debris.
The Sindh governor said DNA tests are underway, adding that a specialist team has come in from Lahore to help.
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