Margalla Towers architect arrested in Greece

Shaikh Abdou Hafeez is accused of homicide, destruction of public assets and corruption among other allegations.

Afp August 13, 2013
Site of the Margalla Towers that collapsed during the 2005 earthquake. PHOTO: FILE

CORFU: A British architect of Pakistani origin was arrested in Greece, police said Tuesday.

He was wanted over the collapse of Margalla Towers in 2005 that killed 78 people during a massive earthquake.

Shaikh Abdou Hafeez, 71, was arrested on Sunday on the resort island of Zakynthos under an international warrant and is due to appear before prosecutors on Wednesday, a local police source said.

He is accused of homicide, destruction of public assets and corruption among other allegations, according to a statement from Greek police.

According to the warrant, he was the architect of the Margalla Towers residential complex in Islamabad which collapsed during the October 2005 quake, killing 78 people and injuring 84.

The earthquake itself, which had a magnitude of 7.6, killed about 50,000 people in Pakistan.

Greek prosecutors are expected on Wednesday to order Hafeez be held in custody before going before a Greek court which could then rule on his extradition.


Osman | 8 years ago | Reply

A sad state of affairs is that almost 8 years have passed since the tragic incident and the law enforcement agencies are still in the process of hunting down people responsible. Was anybody held responsible for the bridge that collapsed in Karachi, the ones which were recently collapsed on the Lahore Ring Road. Assuming that CDA had approved the maps one can understand that sub-standard construction on part of materials and skill labor could have contributed to the buildings structural strength. Why doesn't the Government as a law create a centralized Building Control department which is responsible for providing a NOC to each and every Residential and Commercial building which is completed with respect to quality.

We as a nation have failed to provide the common man the basic principle rights of Justice, Health, Education and Shelter. Our forefathers have failed and we could blame them for this, but I am sure the generations which come after us will surely blame us for the Pakistan we are creating and will leave for them.

Pakistan Zindabad.

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