KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Tuesday gave the provincial authorities last chance to submit their reports by February 17 on the bus accident on Superhighway that claimed over 60 lives.
A division bench, headed by Justice Sajjad Ali Shah, was hearing a constitutional petition seeking probe into cause of the tragedy and action against the relevant authorities responsible for it.
SHC Chief Justice Maqbool Baqar had converted into the petition a letter addressed to him by an NGO – Justice Helpline president Advocate Nadeem Shaikh and a relative of a bereaved lawyer family.
In the letter, it was stated that an advocate Muhammad Yasin Ahmed and his family travelling in ill-fated bus on way to Shikarpur lost their lives and their burnt bodies were beyond identification.
Advocate Nadeem said fire tenders of Pakistan Steel Mill were in close proximity to the place of accident but its administration did not render any assistance to extinguish fire. The Cattle Colony fire station as per routine remained open from 9am to at 5pm, adding it was very strange that fire department was negligent about that fact and there was no check on their activities by the provincial government.
He said bereaved families were waiting for the charred bodies of their relatives lying at the mortuary due to DNA identification but the authorities delaying the matter.
During the previous hearing, the court had directed the home secretary, secretary Regional Transport Authority (RTA), IG Sindh, DIG traffic, National Highway Authority (NHA) director general and Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) administrator to submit detailed and comprehensive reports on the traffic accident.
It instructed the authorities to explain possible cause of the accident and suggest ways and measures to prevent such occurrences in future.
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