A division bench of the Sindh High Court (SHC) on Thursday heard a petition seeking directives for the authorities concerned to make the report of an inquiry into the 2016 Havelian plane crash public. The bench, headed by Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar, took up the case. A counsel for the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) submitted a reply in the court. The bench directed the petitioner and respondents to submit a rejoinder to the CAA response.
The court adjourned the hearing due to the absence of petitioner Iqbal Kazmi who was stated to be unwell. It directed CAA officials to ensure their presence at the next hearing. At the previous hearing, the SHC had directed the CAA to furnish a comprehensive report in the case. Forty-seven passengers, including TV personality Junaid Jamshed, were killed when the ill-fated plane, PK-661, crashed in Havelian while travelling from Chitral to Islamabad.
Justice Mazhar asked, “Did PIA fix the responsibility for the crash after a probe report?” The report would not have come to the fore had this court not passed the order, he remarked.