LHC warns departments concerned to prepare for consequences


LAHORE, July 07 (TNS): Lahore High Court (LHC) Chief Justice (CJ) Mansoor Ali Shah on Tuesday snubbed officials of motorway police and warned that all departments concerned would bear the consequences of Ahmedpur East Oil Tragedy.

He was conducting a hearing over local Mahmood Akhtar Naqvi’s plea.

Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Motorway Police Mirza Farhan informed court that two officials of his department had immediately arrived on the occasion after tanker turned turtle to avoid any untoward situation.

“It is not the responsibility of motorway police to keep people away if such incident occurs. Officials of motorway police have not been trained for such incidents,” asserted Farhan.

He also apprised court that five officials of motorway police have been suspended and probe has been kicked off.

LHC CJ, while expressing exasperation, deplored that only show-cause notices were served in oil tanker tragedy case.

Shah directed counsel of motorway police to submit written reply in this regard. LHC also instructed federal government to amend the laws pertaining to drivers running tankers without license.

On the other hand, lawyer of Shell company sought more time to submit details pertaining to payment of compensation money to families of those killed or injured in hapless incident. Meanwhile, two more injured have succumbed to fire injuries and death toll has mounted to 217.

On June 25, a tanker, coming from Karachi to Lahore, overturned a day before Eid-ul-Fitr on a main highway while carrying some 40,000 litres of fuel.

The tanker exploded minutes later as people from a nearby village gathered to scavenge for fuel, despite warnings by the driver as well as motorway police to stay away.