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Fire broke out in a garment factory in Baldia Town, Karachi.

“We found dozens of people dead in a large room of the factory’s basement. It was totally burnt and parts of it were smouldering, which we put out before shifting the bodies to hospitals” the Karachi fire chief Ehtesham Salim told AFP

Earlier this Tuesday a fire in a shoe factory in Lahore claimed at least 22 lives.

Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf has “expressed shock and grief over the loss of precious lives and directed the concerned authorities to provide best medical treatment to the injured.”

Critics say the government is too corrupt and ineffective to tackle an array of problems from struggling industries to suicide bombings in the South Asian nation.

The silhouette of a firefighter can be seen in front of the blazing factory. ? Photo by AP
The silhouette of a firefighter can be seen in front of the blazing factory. ? Photo by AP
Residents look on while firefighters try to extinguish a fire at a shoe factory in Lahore. ? Photo by Reuters
Residents look on while firefighters try to extinguish a fire at a shoe factory in Lahore. ? Photo by Reuters
Pakistani rescuers shift the dead body of a garment factory worker. ? Photo by AFP
Pakistani rescuers shift the dead body of a garment factory worker. ? Photo by AFP
Pakistani women mourn for their families that fell victim to the factory fire. ? Photo by AFP
Pakistani women mourn for their families that fell victim to the factory fire. ? Photo by AFP
Local residents surround the burning garment factory in Karachi. ? Photo by AFP
Local residents surround the burning garment factory in Karachi. ? Photo by AFP
Pakistani firefighters take part in the rescue operation at the garment factory in Karachi. ? Photo by AFP
Pakistani firefighters take part in the rescue operation at the garment factory in Karachi. ? Photo by AFP
Pakistani people identify the dead bodies of workers after a garment factory was engulfed in a fire. ? Photo by AFP
Pakistani people identify the dead bodies of workers after a garment factory was engulfed in a fire. ? Photo by AFP
A man mourns the death of relatives in the garment factory fire. ? Photo by AFP
A man mourns the death of relatives in the garment factory fire. ? Photo by AFP
A Pakistani fireman tries to extinguish a factory fire in Lahore. ? Photo by AP
A Pakistani fireman tries to extinguish a factory fire in Lahore. ? Photo by AP
Rescue operations continue as Pakistani rescuers work to evacuate garment factory workers. ? Photo by AFP
Rescue operations continue as Pakistani rescuers work to evacuate garment factory workers. ? Photo by AFP
Rescue operations continue into the night as fire fighters try to extinguish the flames. ? Photo by AFP
Rescue operations continue into the night as fire fighters try to extinguish the flames. ? Photo by AFP
Fire trucks are parked outside the garment factory while fire fighters work at extinguishing the fire. ? Photo by AFP
Fire trucks are parked outside the garment factory while fire fighters work at extinguishing the fire. ? Photo by AFP

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Cyrus Howell Sep 12, 2012 06:26pm
" Duty is as heavy as a mountain. Death as light as a feather." (motto of the Japanese army in World War II)
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SHAHZAD Sep 12, 2012 01:22pm
How Media knows CAUSE OF INCIDENT BECAUSE OF GENERATOR ON BOTH LOCATION OF THE FACTORY IN KARACHI / LAHORE. THIS IS...?
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SHAHZAD Sep 12, 2012 01:23pm
IT COULD BE MQM MAFIA 'SAZISH'
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naz Sep 12, 2012 11:29pm
GOVT SHOULD RESIGN IMMIDIATELY AS THEY ARE UNABLE TO DO THEIR DUTY TOWARDS PEOPLE WHO ELECTED THEM.
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naz Sep 12, 2012 11:26pm
when ever there is flood,fire or any incident which takes so many lives ALL THE INPORTANT OFFICE GOVT HOLDERS SHOULD COME AND SHARE THE MISSERIES OF PEOPLE WITHOUT SPECIAL TREATMENT ,OR JUST RESIGN. they are shameless creatures crawling for for comfort and money.
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Shaikh Sep 12, 2012 06:39pm
I do agree with Hamad, people should studup agaisnt the present corupt and ignorant Govt , who has done nothing for the country, no laws being developed to protect against such harms. Govt has no plan as they are totally ignorant people. Every where in the world there are rules and regulations for the residenstial and commercial buidlings, codes and standards. Societies are developed to provide feed back to govt as how to improve. but pakistan is so unfortunate that there is no system of feedback and improvement. May Allah protect us all and give Hidayat to every one even muslim scholars to stand up against such evil.
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Mohammad Ali Sep 13, 2012 04:43pm
The compensation or any charity/donation to the family members/dependents or the grant in aid to the victims family members and or or injured on a permanent basis should not be given at one time but given on a monthly for their day to day expenses, education, marriage or other major expenses should be insured on a basis through a scheme run by eminent persons with members from the SITE association and other reliable, man of character. The payment given should be insured through Insurance//saving certificate to make sure that they get a monthly stipend and expenses on a regular basis and the amount is not spent by them is not squandered. Think about it in a meaningful manner. Consult wise people and than decide the mode of disbursement. The Government compensation, insurance claims, Malik Riaz or from philanthropist, overseas Pakistani, or through public donation or aid agency and NGO;s . All avenues should be approached and the sum must be utilized in a prudent member by the committee so formed. To be called as:- Karachi Garment Factory Fire Victims Association or by any other suitable name......
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Cyrus Howell Sep 12, 2012 06:51pm
Abraham Lincoln had a very, very difficult life, but he made life easier for others. The only thing that made Life bearable for him was laughter.
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Cyrus Howell Sep 12, 2012 06:48pm
" When corporations have been enthroned an era of corruption in high places will follow and the money power will endeavor to prolong its reign by working on the prejudices of the people . . until wealth is aggregated in a few hands . . . and the Republic is destroyed." -- Abraham Lincoln
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shah Sep 12, 2012 11:13am
Our factories are lacking the installation of emergency tools / equipments to evacuate the peoples fall victim of such sorrowfull incidents, govt,. should pay attention to factories setups in order to protcect labors / human beings and precatunary motives should be taken in light of companies ordinance 1984.
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Hamad Sep 12, 2012 11:24am
Poor people die in floods or Fire. It was better if 100 people gave there live while marching against Sindh Govt and Punjab GOVT and may find death. There death will become part of history. But to get death in floods or factory fire have no pressure to Sindh GOVT. WE have to do now other wise next year more 100s people may die in floods. When injustices become Law Resistance become a duty There is something about poverty that smells like death. There was never a war on poverty. Maybe there was a skirmish on poverty, lets get our rights. Otherwise poor people have to die and elite has to order inquires to get TA/DA or Punjab officiels has to get allowance to visit the flood effected areas on Helicopter in remote Punjab.....
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