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    Fawad Chaudhry who was making tweets and celebrating 10 000 people going to murree is now claiming that the disaster happened due to the past govt

    The govt is getting criticized heavily in the newspaper editorials.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Major View Post
    Fawad Chaudhry who was making tweets and celebrating 10 000 people going to murree is now claiming that the disaster happened due to the past govt

    The govt is getting criticized heavily in the newspaper editorials.
    That is indeed hilarious.

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    Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Bazdar on Wednesday removed 15 officers from their posts in the light of Murree tragedy investigation report and ordered disciplinary action against them.

    A five-member committee – formed in the wake of the recent death of at least 23 tourists stranded on the roads of the hill station during a blizzard –submitted its report to the provincial chief executive, pointing out the negligence and mistakes made by the officers concerned that caused the tragedy.

    The officials include the Rawalpindi commissioner, Rawalpindi deputy commissioner, Rawalpindi chief traffic officer, Rawalpindi city police officer, Murree assistant superintendent of police, Murree assistant commissioner, SP Highway Circle, DSP Traffic Murree, In-charge Rescue 1122 Murree, Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) Punjab director, divisional forest officer, district emergency officer 1122 Rawalpindi, SE Highway Rawalpindi, SDO Highway Mechanical Murree and Rawalpindi Highway XEN.

    Addressing a news conference, Buzdar told the media that action was being taken against the 15 officers by removing them from their posts in the light of recommendations of the inquiry committee.

    He added that the Rawalpindi commissioner, deputy commissioner and Murree ASP had been removed from their posts and sent to the federal government. “It has also been recommended to suspend them and disciplinary action be taken against them.”

    The Punjab CM said the Murree assistant commissioner, Rawalpindi CTO and other officers had been suspended. “Disciplinary action has been ordered against them.”

    Buzdar said the tragedy that took place in Murree was extremely painful in all respects and a high-level inquiry committee headed by the additional chief secretary (home) was formed to determine the causes and those responsible for this mishap.

    He said he personally visited the site to review the situation.

    “I had promised a transparent inquiry into the tragedy along with action against those responsible. This has been fulfilled.”

    Provincial Law Minister Raja Muhammad Basharat and CM’s spokesperson Hasaan Khawar were also present at the news conference.

    The report read that due to the negligence of the officers at the time of the tragedy, it seems as if all the departments were asleep.

    It further disclosed that machinery was available but half the staff was absent. The highways and building department was also neglecting its responsibilities.

    The committee also recorded statements from officials, residents and tourists in its 27-page report.

    The report revealed that the officers of the departments concerned kept informing each other about the situation through WhatsApp but did not take any action.

    The officers could neither understand the situation nor did they take it seriously.

    The report stated that many officers also saw the WhatsApp messages late. The CCPO, CTO, commissioner, deputy commissioner and assistant commissioner showed irresponsibility. The local office of Rescue 1122 including the forest department did not take any action.

    The inquiry committee has recommended setting up a regular office of the meteorological department in Murree and widening of its roads by demolishing illegal structures to avoid such untoward incidents in future.

    According to the report, Murree has been turned into lanes because of encroachments, causing regular traffic jams there.

    The inquiry committee had recorded the statements of government officials and surviving tourists and prepared the report on January 16. It was presented to the Punjab chief minister the next day.

    https://tribune.com.pk/story/2339487...murree-tragedy


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    The Attorney General for Pakistan (AGP) on Friday informed the Islamabad High Court that action had been initiated against those responsible for the recent Murree tragedy, wherein 23 tourists had died while stranded in their vehicles on the roads of the hill station during a blizzard.

    IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah was hearing a plea filed by a resident of Murree seeking action against those responsible for the tragedy. The petitioner, Hammad Abbasi, had prayed to the court that tourists were not informed about the hazard at the toll plaza before entering the hill station, adding that they were also not stopped by the authorities concerned from proceeding further.

    AGP Khalid Jawed Khan added that the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) had issued guidelines to all the departments. “A meeting of the National Disaster Management Commission, as recommended by the NDMA, will also take place.” Justice Minallah noted that the law of the NDMA should be fully implemented.

    “We will observe in the decision… if anything happens, the National Disaster Management Commission will be responsible.” The AGP told the court that the problem was that the NDMA law was not being fully implemented. The counsel for the petitioner said it was not enough to remove the officers, whose negligence caused the tragedy, from their posts but action should also be taken against them.

    The IHC CJ noted that according to law, all the work should have been carried out by the District Disaster Management Authority. “It has been established that the policymaking body has never held a meeting.” Justice Minallah further observed that law was not being enforced until a petition was filed and now action had been taken in this context.

    “The court has to look into the law but disaster management meetings have not been held in the provinces under this law,” he noted. “If anything, they will all be held accountable under the law.” The IHC CJ observed that every province had its own disaster management authority and they too were responsible for the matter.

    The court would issue such directions that if anything like this occurred in the future, the responsibility could be fixed, he added. Last week during the previous hearing of the case, the court had held the NDMA responsible for the tragedy.

    Turning his attention towards the NDMA members, who were present at the hearing, the chief justice had asked who was responsible for the deaths as parliament had earlier enacted the disaster management law. “It was supposed to be implemented since 2010. Has there ever been a meeting [on the subject] of National Disaster Management till date?” he had asked.

    An NDMA member had replied that one meeting was held on February 21, 2013, and the second on March 28, 2018. The IHC CJ noted that had the meetings been held regularly and adequate preparations were made, precious lives would not have been lost.

    “It is unfortunate; you have failed. It was your responsibility to convene the meeting,” the chief justice had remarked, expressing his displeasure at the NDMA.

    https://tribune.com.pk/story/2339896...under-fire-agp


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    RAWALPINDI: The government has decided to lift the ban on the entry of tourists into Murree - which was imposed after the tragic incident that led to the passing of nearly 22 people earlier this month.

    The hill station has been reopened for tourism after 20 days, after the installation of a new, state-of-the-art scientific system at all entrances of Murree to count all incoming vehicles.

    Rawalpindi Deputy Commissioner (DC) Tahir Farooq directed the City Traffic Police Officer (CTPO) and the National Highways Authority (NHA) to complete the count of all vehicles and motorcycles entering and leaving Murree from Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Azad Kashmir and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa across all check posts of Murree. He has ordered for a daily report to be submitted to the competent authority.

    Read Calamity in Murree as at least 22 tourists freeze to death in cars

    The DC has also issued a four-point circular stating that 8,000 vehicles would be allowed to enter Murree on daily basis.

    “In the case of overcrowding, the competent authority should be notified immediately. The weather report should also be taken into consideration on daily basis,” he added.

    He further said that Murree Assistant Commissioner (AC), XEN Mechanical Machinery, and the Chief Traffic Officer (CTO) will coordinate amongst each other. The AC will also liaison with Hotels and Trade Unions of Murree, he said.

    “Moreover, alerts will be issued in the media regarding weather situations on daily basis,” said the DC.

    He said that the ban on the entry of vehicles in Murree from 5am to 5pm has been lifted and a notification has been issued.

    Heavy snowfall in Murree killed 22 people on January 8 in Murree, as a result, the entry of vehicles from January 9 to 28 was reduced. While all restrictions on the entry of vehicles have been lifted, effective Saturday, the DC has also instructed tourists to keep safety equipment and all necessary items in their vehicles during their visits.



    Published in The Express Tribune, January 30th, 2022.


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    At least 250 people, including women and children, have been stranded in their vehicles in Dir since midnight on Monday
    due to intense snowfall in the region.

    The passengers were traveling from Rawalpindi to Chitral.

    According to reports, rescue operations have not begun despite the district administration being alerted of the situation.

    Read: Calamity in Murree as at least 22 tourists freeze to death in cars

    It is pertinent to note here that last month 23 tourists trapped in their vehicles during a snowstorm in Murree had lost their lives due to the negligence of the local authorities.

    Twenty out of 29 snow-removing machinery and snowmobiles had failed to respond promptly to the Murree incident, the preliminary findings of the probe had revealed.

    https://tribune.com.pk/story/2342351...tense-snowfall


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    The Lahore High Court (LHC) reserved its verdict in the Murree tragedy case on Saturday as Justice Abdul Aziz heard the case in the high court’s Rawalpindi bench.

    The high court reportedly lashed out at the Murree Development Authority (MDA) for negligence, questioning the role of agencies when the roads of the hill station were blocked and thousands of people were stranded.

    During the hearing, the lawyer said that according to the National Engineering Services Pakistan (NESPAK), Rs1.5 billion was acquired for the construction of a parking plaza in Murree.

    In response, Justice Aziz criticised concerned authorities, questioning where the allocated funds went. “When the contract for the parking plaza was confirmed and the funds allocated, it was all over. This money does not belong to the rich it belongs to the worker [labourer].”

    The high court accused the authorities of neglect adding that they have “eaten this country” and are still not satisfied.

    Justice Aziz also lambasted the department of forestation for the ongoing deforestation within the region, “we steal wood and set it on fire.”

    “A firm from the United Kingdom was allocated Rs 2.4 million. Where is the logic?” the LHC judge probed, asking why the country was damaged for Rs30 million.

    The court had earlier directed the chief officer Murree municipal corporation and the chief officer district council to submit an affidavit, stating that no construction was taking place in Murree after they filed a report in the court.

    The court had directed the divisional forest officer to submit an affidavit stating that there was no deforestation in Murree forests while the wildlife department was ordered to file a similar affidavit. The LHC had inquired into detailed records of all government lands of the forest department, buildings constructed in forests and a complete record of Jhega Gali parking plaza.

    Murree tragedy

    At least 23 people lost their lives due to a strong blizzard that swept through the hill resort on January 09, 2022.

    The initial investigation report was made public which had pointed to the failure of relevant government departments in taking pre-emptive measures in light of the warnings issued by the Met Office. The probe had also uncovered that the measures were not taken to regulate the influx of tourists.

    The initial findings of the five-member committee to investigate the causes and lapses that led to the tragedy in Murree had pointed to the failure of relevant government departments to take pre-emptive measures in light of the warnings issued by the Met Office.

    Express Tribune


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