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Rescue operation in progress. -Imran Gabol
Rescue operation in progress. -Imran Gabol

At least one person was killed while more than 70 were reportedly rescued on Friday after a boat capsized in River Ravi near Nankana Sahib, a senior police official told Dawn.

"There has been only one casualty, while everyone else has been brought to safety," District Police Officer Sahibzada Umair Bilal said.

He said that a girl name Muqaddas reportedly drowned in the incident.

However, the rescue services were still ongoing till the filing of this report.

A team of Pakistan Army divers were also dispatched to the site of the incident on directions from Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa.

“COAS directs special search efforts for victims of the capsized boat near Nankana Sahib. Army divers team have moved for the search operation,” said a tweet by the army’s media wing.

It is common for residents of the area to travel between the river banks on wooden boats fitted with motor engines.

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Ahmad Feb 04, 2017 11:00am

This incident reminds me an earliar similar incident at this location in many on board were drowned. A bridge is under construction for last more than 20 years. What a negligent attitude of Punjab govt. Metro bus project was completed in less than one year. It appears that only lahore is punjab. The Punjab govt is responsible for incidence. What a apathy on part of claimers of good governance?.

mohsin tariq Feb 04, 2017 03:43pm

So many peoples were lossing there life in past in such accidents. I thing our government especially mian brothers (bridge master) who had made metros pull need to made such pulls which are very necessary for peoples daily lives. They have only made a pulls which increase their vote bank (like metro, orange etc).so kindly focused on other things which are not related to your vote bank especially on human development. ?