Judicial tribunal to probe Karachi factory fire

Investigation to look into the cause of fire, civil defence system available, extent of negligence on the owner's...


Our Correspondent September 12, 2012

KARACHI: The Sindh government has appointed Justice (retired) Zahid Qurban Alvi on Wednesday to investigate the fire that broke out in a garment factory in the Baldia Town area of Karachi, killing around 289 people.  

An inquiry officer is asked to submit the findings within a week.

The investigation will look into the cause of the fire, the kind of civil defence system available inside the building and the extent of negligence on the owner's part.

Chief Secretary Raja Muhammad Abbas has tasked DIG Manzur Mughul with the same job.

Sindh Governor Ishratul Ebad announced a day of mourning in the city. He said that not only would action be taken against the factory owners, but officials of SITE, the labour department and civil defence would not be spared either. “The negligent officers of these departments are equally responsible,” he said.

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KnoWht! | 7 years ago | Reply | Recommend

Its Prime Time: We must start looking safety measure in our own working facility before it's too late. It won't harm an employee to ask the Safety Team some question to Wake Them Up about such questioning in case it happens. A Review of Safety Measures should be included in weekly office meetings. The safety team should be present in meeting to answer all concerns and questions on a projector screens to explain their activity if possible.

ab | 7 years ago | Reply | Recommend

this incident most likely linked with bhatta khori issue which should also be investigated. i also think punishing the owner will not do any good because the whole system is at fault. the justice should start from the very top not very bottom.

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