PM orders transparent inquiry into heatwave deaths

Published: July 1, 2015
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif attending a high level meeting in Karachi on Wednesday. PHOTO: PID

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif attending a high level meeting in Karachi on Wednesday. PHOTO: PID

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif attending a high level meeting in Karachi on Wednesday. PHOTO: PID PHOTO: AP PHOTO: ONLINE

KARACHI: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday ordered a transparent inquiry against those responsible for the heatwave deaths in Karachi.

“The incident was unprecedented in the history of Karachi and all departments negligent in performing their duties must be held accountable in a transparent manner,” Nawaz said during a meeting at the Sindh Chief Minister’s House.

Read: Sweltering Karachi: Fact-finding committee set up as death toll rises

Expressing grief and sorrow over heatstroke deaths in Karachi the prime minister said, “The whole country sympathises with the affected people in this hour of grief.”


He ordered officials to complete Karachi drinking water project, K-4, within two years and also promised to release Rs10 billion to the Sindh government in this regard.

The prime minister was informed that more than 65,000 patients were admitted in Karachi hospitals during this period out of which about 1,250 lost their lives.

Further, the PM ordered to form a committee comprising federal and provincial government officials to monitor federal government’s funded projects in Sindh. The committee will submit progress reports to the premier on monthly bases.

Read: Karachi operation ‘to go on come what may’

The prime minister was on a day-long visit to Karachi. He was received by Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah upon his arrival at Karachi airport. Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar, among others accompanied the premier.

He was scheduled to fly to Karachi on Monday but he was advised to get input from the military.

Read: PM Nawaz postpones Karachi visit

Qaim briefs media

In a media briefing after PM’s visit to Karachi on Wednesday, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah claimed the prime minister lauded efforts of the Sindh government during the deadly heatwave in the province.

“Provincial ministers apprised the PM regarding events that followed the heatwave and our efforts to tackle the crisis,” Qaim said.

The chief minister termed heatstroke deaths a ‘cumulative effect’ pointing out that power load-shedding played a major role in the deaths of so many people.

Meanwhile, Qaim informed journalists that Karachi’s development projects also came under discussion with the prime minister who promised to release the much needed funds for city’s development works.

“Prime minister also advised Sindh government to expedite works on Karachi’s development projects and said the Centre will contribute an equal amount of funds for the city’s development works as the Sindh government,” said the chief minister.

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Reader Comments (13)

  • Run Again
    Jul 1, 2015 - 12:33PM

    I think it is time for governor’s rule in Sind. Simultaneously the mandate given to the rangers needs to be clarified as financial mismanagement is not its domain. These kind of actions prove disastrous for the operation as the opposition can hint of bias by the establishment. There are dedicated departments of government NAB and FIA which are exclusively being paid for this job. Recommend

  • Jul 1, 2015 - 12:59PM

    We Need PROACTIVE Instead of REACTIVE !
    This Govt. has failed to adopt Proactive Approach, they only used to adopt Reactive Approach.

  • Parvez
    Jul 1, 2015 - 1:56PM

    ‘ Transparent inquiry ‘ ????…….the sheer ineptness of governance is staring you in the face. This is a clear case of Nawaz supporting Zardari …. you scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours.Recommend

  • Common Sense
    Jul 1, 2015 - 2:42PM

    Conducting an inquiry will not bring back the deceased. Every time something goes wrong there is a call for an “inquiry” from the government to make it seem as if they are doing their job. Shame on them! They will have to answer to God for their corrupt deeds and actions. Recommend

  • Disgusting
    Jul 1, 2015 - 3:45PM

    This is the mental level of the Prime Minister of a country. Shame on those who elected him.Recommend

  • ishrat salim
    Jul 1, 2015 - 3:45PM

    @Run Again:

    Had NAB & FIA or that matter, other intel agencies of the govt doing their job with honesty, the Rangers / Army would not expose such glaring cases of corruption. For Gods sake, can you grow up ? what prompted the Rangers to go after the financial sources responsible to finance criminal & terrorists groups in the city ? Was this not part of NAP, which the provincial govt was supposed to do ? If the provincial govt cannot do their job, then all the effort by the Rangers / Army will go waste, that is what you people want ? then, if there is re-emergence of terrorist / criminal activities, you people will point fingers towards the Rangers / Army & they are not so fool like you may think. The action by the Rangers today seem to have go beyond their mandate, but have exposed the depth of corruption, loot & mismanagement that is going on in Sindh for the past 7 years. The Rangers / Army has shown the ugly face of the corruption by the PPP govt for the general public to see. Every corrupt elements are running here & there – for how long ? Supporting corrupt people under the cover of democracy, has encouraged these politicians to continue loot & plunder & you want they should remain un-exposed & un-touched, kia Allah swt ko jawab nahi dena ? People are dying & you want the loot, plundering & corruption, mismanagement to continue….khuda ke waste kuch apna aur apne bacho ka socho….Recommend

  • Hasan Askari
    Jul 1, 2015 - 3:54PM

    You are not our PM

    Just take your money and get lost from this city.Recommend

  • Jibran
    Jul 1, 2015 - 5:40PM

    After conquering Dhaka, the Punjabi establishment followed the same footsteps in Quetta. Now it’s Karachi’s turn. In Dhaka, they had Jamaat Islami as it’s foot soldier. Here it’s PTI.Recommend

  • Jalal
    Jul 1, 2015 - 6:10PM

    Transparent as long as it does not blame Nawaz Sharif. That is what he meant.Recommend

    Jul 1, 2015 - 6:43PM

    people of punjab and interior sindh playing meeting after meeting on Karachi with some one giving direction from curtain…but no representative from karachiRecommend

  • Bol;
    Jul 2, 2015 - 2:38AM

    Pakistan is the single world country still in the era like the era before Islam, the era of “Jahelliya”. All such crisis are in fact the minor punishment from Allah, and Allah made it simple for those who can understand and indeed those with really true faith understand. Its not foreign hands, its not by US or Israel, Iran or India its own Pakistan or Pakistanis dirty hands and system. Recommend

  • Avtar
    Jul 2, 2015 - 6:35AM

    “Transparent” as opposed to…… Of course, the report in its title will “transparent” findings.Recommend

  • kehkashan
    Jul 2, 2015 - 12:31PM

    Wish and hope this is not the narration only. Recommend

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