KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Wednesday asked the provincial law officer to verify whether Sindh chief minister had announced Rs 0.5 million compensation for the families affected by a bus accident on Kathore Link road, Karachi.
At least 62 passengers lost their lives when the Shikarpur-bound coach collided with an oil-tanker truck on the highway.
A division bench, headed by Justice Sajjad Ali Shah, was hearing a petition seeking compensation for the bereaved families.
Then SHC Chief Justice Maqbool Baqar had converted into the petition a letter addressed to him by an NGO – Justice Helpline president Nadeem Shaikh Advocate and a relative of a bereaved lawyer’s family.
In the letter, it was stated that an advocate, Mohammad Yasin Ahmed, and his family travelling in the ill-fated bus 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 of 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 the fire department was negligent about that fact and there was no check on their activities by the provincial government.
The court was prayed to direct the authorities to conduct a probe into the accident. The petitioner had requested the court to direct Sindh government to pay compensation to the victim families.