Devastating factory fire chars 290
Shocking scenes witnessed at city hospitals, Arrest warrants issued for factory owners, SHC issues notice to officials, Judicial tribunal to probe
Amanullah KhanKarachi—The death toll from a tragic garment factory fire in Karachi’s SITE area rose to 290, as more bodies were recovered from the gutted building.
Officials told Pakistan Observer that search for more bodies is underway and death toll may further increase.
Sindh Governor Ishrat ul Ibad visited the site and witnessed the relief measures. He said inquiry would be conducted from all angles.
MQM has announced three days mourning and cancelled all political activities.
Karachi city’s police chief Iqbal Mahmood said rescue teams were still trying to gain access to parts of the factory, which caught fire late on Tuesday, and the death toll could rise.
PM urges Asia-centered approach for prosperity
Tianjin—Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf on Wednesday called upon the regional countries to adopt an Asia-centered approach and promote intra-regional trade for the prosperity and development of their people.
Speaking at one-on-one session of World Economic Forum’s annual meeting, the Prime Minister said the regional countries needed to create a macro framework for their direct investments and make corridors for multi-sector investment particularly in trade and energy.
Zardari buying journalists: Nisar
islamabad—Opposition leader in the National Assembly Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has accused President Asif Ali Zardari of using public money to buy the loyalty of journalists.
Speaking to media outside Parliament House here, Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) leader said that the Presidency has been turned into a hub of conspiracies where President Zardari is busy in looting the national wealth.
“Zardari is involved in unfair practices before the elections and anchor of particular television channels have been bought for this purpose from the public money” Nisar said.
Nisar blamed the government of paying Rs2.4 billion to some television channels and anchor person as a part of election rigging.
UN working group not fact finding mission: Hina
Islamabad—Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar said Wednesday UN working group had come to Pakistan on the invitation of government of Pakistan and it was not a fact finding mission.
“UN working group has come to Pakistan on the invitation of government of Pakistan. It is not a fact finding mission. Its visit to Pakistan is aimed at making clear on the world factual position about missing persons and dispelling propaganda on this count, foreign minister said this while giving a policy statement in National Assembly (NA) Wednesday.