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Death toll of Karachi factory fire rises to 289

Published Sep 12, 2012 11:30am


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A man mourns the death of relatives after a fire erupted in a garment factory in Karachi on September 12, 2012. — Photo by AFP

KARACHI: The death toll from a garment factory fire in Karachi's SITE area rose to 289 as more bodies were recovered from the gutted building, the city's top administration official said Wednesday.

“The death toll is 289. This is not final, search for more bodies continues,” commissioner Karachi Roshan Shaikh told AFP.

Karachi city's police chief Iqbal Mahmood also 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.

“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,” Karachi fire chief Ehtesham Salim told AFP.

“Our firemen are searching every nook and corner of the factory despite having limited resources to cope with such a grave situation,” Salim said.

He added that the blaze was Karachi's “biggest fire in terms of deaths in decades”.

Factory workers said that they made plastic utensils and under garments.

The death toll was revised sharply upwards after police earlier said the fire, which erupted late Tuesday, had killed nine workers.

Some shouting and sobbing relatives of trapped workers, desperate to get inside the building, scuffled with police during the night, an AFP photographer said.

Rescuers used arc lights to work through the night. A steady stream of bodies were stretchered out, covered by white sheets.

Abdus Salam, a doctor at Karachi's Civil Hospital, said 10 women were among the dead garment workers.

“The bodies are badly charred,” Salam told AFP, adding that at least 65 other workers had suffered broken bones after jumping out of windows to escape the fire.

Firefighters on crane lifts reached through the gutted building's windows to rescue some trapped survivors, who were taken to local hospitals suffering from burns and smoke inhalation.

The blaze was still smouldering early on Wednesday.

Mohammad Saleem, 32, who broke a leg after jumping out of the second floor, said he and his colleagues were hard at work late on Tuesday when flames suddenly reached their section.

“It was terrible, suddenly the entire floor filled with fire and smoke and the heat was so intense that we rushed towards the windows, broke its steel grille and glass and jumped out,” Saleem told AFP in hospital.

“I fell on the ground and it was extremely painful, I saw many people jumping out of windows and crying in pain for help,” he said.

Officials said the cause of the Karachi fire was not yet known but Rauf Siddiqui, the industry minister for Sindh province, said the factory owner was under investigation for negligence.

“We have ordered an inquiry into how the fire erupted and why proper emergency exits were not provided at the factory so that the workers could escape,” Siddiqui said.

According to DawnNews, Interior Minister Rehman Malik directed IG Sindh to investigate the incident and include the name of factory’s owner in the Exit Control List (ECL).

Earlier on Tuesday, at least 21 people were killed at a shoe factory in Lahore.

The fires could raise fresh questions about Pakistan's industrial safety.

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.


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Muhammad Fiyazur Rahman Sep 12, 2012 05:45am
It is a heart burning news, the case should be invetigated, was the factory equipped with healthy fire fighting system ? if not the owners of the factory should held responsible for the sad incident. The rest of the factories in the area should be verified what they have arrangements to coup such accidents, the fire skid should make compulsary to all the factories in favor of the safety of workers, proper exits to escape were seems to be missing in this ill fated factory,Let us paray Allah for the forgivenness of victims and to grant SABAR to the survivers behind.
Rosh Sep 12, 2012 05:42pm
Arrest all officials named in the news and confiscate their properties for not having done their job diligently.
Jamil - Canada Sep 12, 2012 05:46pm
A Question: Are there any building codes that ensure emergency exits? If yes, who inspects the building to ensure ie this? That person or department must be part of the inquiry and prosecuted under criminal negligence.
Ali Sep 12, 2012 04:31pm
I am sick and tired of condolences, when will we learn from our mistake. It is not only the fault of factory owner who failed to provide any emergency exists in case of fire but also of fire department and KDA which gave the permit to operate. When will we ever learn, this nation refuses to learn period.
ashraf mirza Sep 12, 2012 04:25am
My Heart go out to victims and victims family.......very sad........ ashraf mirza (USA)
Dilawer Sep 12, 2012 03:58am
Let pray for the families of this tragic accident and that's all we can do. Nothing is expected from the government who failed thousand of times. Only God can help me.
saima Sep 12, 2012 05:40pm
Lips are mute, heart is sad, eyes are tearful. What to write and how to console........ This is heart breaking. May Allah heal the hearts of the relatives and make them strong so that they can learn to live without their loved ones with dignity and patience, Ameen. And may Allah rest the souls of the departed ones in the highest ranks of Jannah, Ameen
Shazad Akhter Sep 12, 2012 08:35am
rescue operations technically not good, really very sad
Sheikh Khalid Sep 12, 2012 03:52am
Emergency Exit Stairs must be provided. Alarms must be provided. Some form of fire suppression mechanism must be provided. the qualityshoes and the quality garments you provide the world does not merit the death of a heartful quality worker. Building Architectures need to be taken into account.
AHA Sep 12, 2012 06:08pm
Some report say that most died because there were no emergency exits. The utter disrespect of life in this Islamic Republic is appalling.
Caz Sep 12, 2012 05:39pm
There is no such thing and even if there is legislation that the British left behind there is no implementation. pakistan is the islamic republic of nothing works! This accident is a product of sheer callousness. It is a systemic inability to think that afflicts the place and it is the outcome where reason is subservient to belief/faith. May the victims and their families find peace.
Faakhir Sep 12, 2012 04:42pm
Good times coming for corrupt inspectors of various departments - Their rates will now go sky high!
Asim Khan Sep 12, 2012 10:42am
Very sorry for the dead and injured in Karachi and Lahore industrial fire, I hope their families receive compensation immediately. Allah give subar to the grieving families and friends. I will again say corruption is the winner as nobody looks at health and safety. Action is required not words, we have seen no results of investigations!!!
Owais Sep 12, 2012 05:44am
May Allah rest their souls in peace. Its really terrible that most of the building in Pak dont have any emergency exit even in big business set up. There is a need to fulfil social responsibility on part of the businesses and govt.
azammalick Sep 12, 2012 07:02pm
There is a need of expert in the field of Rescue Operation and Safety Technique, to save the life. In the current Karachi incident it seems that the lack of Rescue Operation and Safety machines, I think If government should take interest to save the life of human, and take necessary action in this regard.
Ibadat Khan Sep 12, 2012 06:36pm
This is really a serious tragic incident in the history of Pakistan. This is just an example of the carelessness one can notice almost everywhere in Pakistan and such kinds of incidents usually happen due to lack of information, carelessness, poor construction of buildings with no proper safety measures in case of such hazards. Such incidents have repercussions for the time being and people forget and remain busy with less fears for such incidents. I don't know many more buildings in the cities are likely to collapse and catch fire. Huge population cause insurgency, poor social and economic conditions plunging Pakistan into chaos and economic down-turn!
waseem Sep 12, 2012 05:18pm
this my friend is called a complete failure of state and its machinery
afzal Sep 12, 2012 11:00am
i think it is a failure of disaster management team.......they should have done a mock drill.........
ishrat salim Sep 12, 2012 05:19pm
there is corruption from head to toe.....consequently, poor suffers....all such factories shud be shifted to industrial zone under strict safety rules n updated factory act...but the MPs are busy to save their seat...nothing else....! they will be answerable for such negligence to Allah swt....
Ganesh Sep 12, 2012 08:32am
My deepest condolence to the victims, May their soul rest in peace.
Akhter Husain Sep 12, 2012 10:47am
Had the government agencies been honest and vigilant, while allowing such factories to function that are prone to fire hazards,many lives could have been saved.I am sure that this factory ,or any other similar factory is not equipped with smoke,heat and flame detectors that fore warns the hazardous conditions and to take safety measures for avoiding danger to human lives as well as the property..Will the concerned departments take appropriate measures to curtail such incidences in future.?
AHA Sep 12, 2012 10:38am
This is really sad. So many lives lost. So many families affected. May Allah have mercy on all affected.
Gerry D'Cunha Sep 12, 2012 10:33am
My deepest condolences to the victims families - a great tragedy. Health & safety officials should be taken to task for negligence in their official duties.
Khalil Ahmed Sep 12, 2012 12:51pm
Thanks Mr. Rauf Siddiqui, the industry minister for Sindh province for waking up and see the consequences. This is not just the only example of negligance of the Ministry and the industrial sector. The responsibility is on you for the life of these innocent people. Full enforcement of industrial safety is your responsibility. Lessons learned now something should be done to protect the innocent workers. The factory owner is under investigation for negligence, but should the ministry had done "something" this would have prevented this incidence. Mr. Siddiqui should also look into his own ministry and staff and investigate who dropped the ball. There should be mandatory industrial safety training, and compliance enforcement by the ministry without any corruption for God sake. May Allah grant peace and rest to the souls and give strength to their families-Ameen
M.Yaseen Sep 12, 2012 01:17pm
We only talk of safety and emergency exits.There are lot of high buildings comming up with minimum of safety standards. Is Mr. Rehman Malik preparing his future instructions to building control as why the standards were not complied.
M K S Sep 12, 2012 01:22pm
There is no disaster management, no legislation, no emergency exit ...etc etc etc. As individuals can one not be able to make sure that the business he/she operates that employs a large number of people as in this setting is well equippied to handle any misfortunes....
Waqas Shaikh Sep 13, 2012 12:19am
Very tragic. Must be investigated and if any one found guilty should be punished to the fullest extent of law.
Muhammad Adnan Sep 12, 2012 12:50pm
Rescue operations shall not be blamed if there is conjusted places inside the factory and saftey was not taken into account at the time of factory operations. However, our rescue teams have done a good job in these circumstances. Regards Adnan
KISHOR Sep 13, 2012 12:17am
Not only owner be punished to life imprisonment but the labour and industry minsister too. their should be immediate audit of all the employers. Kishor
Tamilselvan Sep 12, 2012 01:20pm
May the death of these innocent people not go to waste and things improve in the industry safety in all South Asian countries. Few days back in Sivakasi 43 workers died due to improper storage of chemicals and now this tragedy in Pakistan.
M K S Sep 12, 2012 01:19pm
Yes, this penchant of asking 'others' to do stuff that we ourselves are reponsible for and should take care of, has got to change. Otherwise, things will remain the same.
rabia Sep 12, 2012 01:10pm
This has become common practice my the saying goes..bandar ki bala tawelay kay sar!!! The factory owner is certainly accountable but where are the people who are appointed to do the job and take salary for it.
Muhammed Sep 12, 2012 01:02pm
yes - Siddhu - there are guidelines and rules and regulations - reasonably defined. But unfortunately each and every clause of those rules and regulations is used for making money for Govt Officers. The more complex and tough the rules - the more the rate. Each time govt improves it - it actually INCREASES their RATE (to close their eye towards this Law/Rule). In Pakistan (I think also in Inidia) - if a criminal act happens - it actually is LOTTERY for two kind of people (1) POLICE and (2) LAWYERS. These people do a Big Party on that day.
U. Saifi Sep 12, 2012 12:58pm
Rauf Sahib should get the owner detained immediately instead of investigating him. The Head of the fire department should also be arrested. Shame on Karachi administration. May Allah give patience to the families of the deceased.
nasr Sep 13, 2012 01:57am
Well thought out comments Aqabdulaziz.
Muhammad Zubair Sep 12, 2012 12:53pm
10 days from now on or 15 days max , everybody will forget the incident and life in pakistan will come back to normal where grave violations by authorities towards industrial safety will continue to pose a threat for another incident of similar kind. I wonder authorites are aware of any safety norms in the first place , all they know is about kick backs for awarding llicences.
MAC Sep 12, 2012 12:56pm
Disclose the factory and owner names please...
Azee Sep 12, 2012 01:12pm
May god rest the departed souls in peace and give patience to grieving relatives. Without knowing the detailed layout of the buildind or the fire suppressing and escape mechanisms in place the at affected building, its hard to judge and comment the lack or adequacy of safety measures in the building. But it would be safe to assume that most of the industrial set ups in the country do not give preferance to safety and environmental concerns, as it weighs in on the operating budget and also one can easily bribe one's way out from implementing required safety measures. If there were inadequate safety measures at the facility , then that deems the owner to be a criminal. This should not have happened or at least the loss of life probably could have been minimized. I like Rehamn Malik's statement that the owner should be put on ECL and investigate the incident. That is commendable and the cuplrit should be punished. At the same time, hopefully, the safety measures at factories must be reviewed periodically and inspected. Rehaman Malik and others should apply the same scrutiny to prevent loss of life, in the whole country in general, to themselves and put their names on ECL and offer themselves for investigations for deaths of thousands of Pakistanis during thier tenure as rulers. Human life is the cheaptest commodity in Pakistan these days. It did not used to be like that.
Mushtaq Ahmad Sep 12, 2012 12:56pm
King of Karachi Rehman Malik,has now another reason to visit his Kingdom and form another committee
iqbalrangoonwala Sep 12, 2012 01:23pm
why not
ayaz Sep 12, 2012 01:23pm
very sad news.
wounded Sep 12, 2012 01:24pm
People please stop talking about safety devices and Emergency Exits, in a city where target killing is a pass time and killing people innocent or guilty daily you think that city or ministers or government or even the owner will think about any precautionary measures..........So either do something yourself or soon Pakistanis will be only used for huge Lab experiments..
moon Sep 12, 2012 01:25pm
May God rest their soul in peace. r
ifti Sep 12, 2012 01:25pm
mine too
Ali Sep 12, 2012 11:59pm
Bring the Factory owner to Justice and make an example out of him. He is probably right now sitting somewhere in his elaborate mansion and drinking coffee.
Muhammad Alvi Sep 12, 2012 11:55pm
There are no laws governing the safety of workers in factories in Pakistan. But even if there were, they won't be enforced, like all other laws. So, there is no use of making laws any more.
Akram Sep 12, 2012 01:27pm
Rehman Malik is a joke. He has ordered an inquiry and put the factory owner on ECL. Nothing will happen, the owner of this factory will grease a few palms and live his life as normal as before. Pakistan as a nation is too corrupted for any proper and honest inquiry to take place. I feel really sorry for the 289 poor people who lost their lives, what will happen to their families? Pakistan is now the worst place in the world.
ifti Sep 12, 2012 01:28pm
Industry minister should be put to task.
iqbalrangoonwala Sep 12, 2012 01:31pm
where there is xcorruption nothing can be done.the corrupted offircers had allow to do any thing for their bribe to buikld buildings without EXIT---- EXIT---------- EXIT---------- PASSAGES
Khan Sep 12, 2012 01:33pm
We will never wake up cos we are not one nation.
KhanUsafzai Sep 12, 2012 06:40pm
do we observe building codes , do we train the employees in case of emergency , do even few of them know how to extinguish fire or use extinguisher's .....none of them is even trained .... these disaster's are bound to happen but atleast we can be prepared and reduce the risks ....
F Sep 12, 2012 11:06am
The government and the building authority has to enforce the safety design and safety mechanism when any building is erected. This is the failure of the government and the building authority. Rather than holding the owner government should hold the building authority in jail. Charge them and convict them.
Muhammad Tariq Sep 12, 2012 06:59pm
There are International standards for such installations to ensure life safety. The accident details are not known but it appears that the building had no smoke/fire detection and alarm system, no automatic sprinklers, no emergency plan and training, inadequate egress, and sub-standard/overloaded electrical circuits - all combined together proved a receipe for tragedy. The government department and its employees are too busy to boost their "bottom line" without caring for human life. I hope one day they are at the receiving end of their actions. May Allah bless the souls of the departed. Tariq
Kamal609 Sep 12, 2012 06:55pm
Is their any one in this world who could help these helpless poor Pakistani's, these safety and security incidence are the part of every days in news since last many years..... Ah Allah please help them
sajjad Sep 12, 2012 06:04am
Today is the black day in the history of Pakistan. Shame on us that even we could not provide safe work environment for our industrail workers. Where are the dozens of Government agencies, whose sole job is to enforece the laws promulgated for safety. They were either silenced by bribes or perhaps the might and power of industriast is so awesome that they prefer to keep quiet. Over the years in the name of facilitation and business friendly environment we have done away with the regime of safety inspections and the result is such devastation and loss of human life both at Karachi and Lahore. Please wake up concerned agencies, department of industries, and other regulators and undertake the safety audit of all the industrial units.
Adnan Sep 12, 2012 11:46am
Similar incident would have mark national mourning in any other civilised nation. But we are far from being civilised, hundreds of families in suffering, but as a nation we would be watching glamorous morning shows and TV soaps!!!! , we always blame rulers for being insensitive, but we are not more than senseless, selfish bunch of people.
Raja Quduss Sep 12, 2012 07:40am
it is destructive for the karachi again ALLAH help karachi
AnwQuresh Sep 14, 2012 12:50am
unspeakable loss of life at a work place of hard working people, merely due to the utter negligence of factory owners who did not take measures to make their premises safe for the employees. may the families find peace in the memories of their lost loved ones and may this never happen again at any other work place in Pakistan or in the rest of the world.
Umair Khalid Sep 12, 2012 10:57am
Really sad news :( May Allah bless the departed souls and may He give patience to the relatives of deceased. May Allah cure the injured ASAP! Shame on the govt. and the factory owners. May they be punished by Allah in this world and hereafter!
asim Sep 12, 2012 05:26pm
Just one question: For what heck reason firebrigade water instead of foam to stop fire? I believe they are responsible for all deaths same like factory owners.
HUssain Sep 12, 2012 07:49am
This is sheer negligence on the part of Labour department and Fire Department who only for meager amount of 5000 rupees give certificate of clearance to such factories, where there no proper exits ways to be used in case of emergency
alvi Sep 12, 2012 12:06pm
this is very bad situation , mostly workers were working late hour no emergency exit , this gave a very negative message to international importers , where are concern department who had cleared this factory
Dilawer Sep 12, 2012 03:55am
Sorry to hear this sad News.
Sir Sep 12, 2012 11:00am
Dear keep hoping son, it take a another millineium
Wazir Sattar, Dhaka Sep 12, 2012 05:53pm
Very very sad. May God rest their soul in peace. Praying for the early recovery of the injured.
rahman Sep 12, 2012 03:59pm
I request the owners of this factory to come in front and face all this that he has created. Running away from the situation wont do. one day u have do die and face God which is 1 million times harder so its better he surrenders himself and face the consequences. This is a heart wrenching situation and the right thing to do is for the owner to at least come in front and face all this. Today he has put hundreds of precious lives at stake tomorrow somebody will put his life and his family's life at stake then he will realize it. if there is any humanity left in pakistan then the owner needs to surrender or else pakistan is a failed state.
SABAH NOOR Sep 12, 2012 07:50am
Sigh! this intolerable for any state and needs to be dealt with with an iron hand.
Faraz Zubair Sep 12, 2012 08:05am
So this is what the class divide in Pakistan has come down to. The loss of 150 workers burnt alive in factories in Karachi and Lahore is a mere industrial incident in the eyes of the powerful industrialist lobby of Pakistan.
Mohammad Ali Khan Sep 12, 2012 03:31am
How many more have to perish before the Nation will wake up to reform itself.
Haroon Tabani Sep 14, 2012 05:14am
This is a national loss and all culprits including factory owners, local factory inspectors, unions etc should be brought into the court. Those families who lost their beloved should be compensated immediately. Governemt should review the British made 1934 Pakistan Factories Act laws in line with international laws and practices for the prevention of fires in workplacesl Ensure mandatory requirements of having fire exits, doors and equipments in all existing and new factories. Operating licenses and permits should not be issued until these arrangements are made.
Asim Iqbal Sep 12, 2012 08:07am
Really many person are dying because of not adequate safety management system to prevent like that incident. Supreme Court of Pakistan directive to responsible department to investigate the each industrial zone which coming under sensitive manufacturing of products for the proper implementation of safety legislation and also make new legislation for factory owners to protect the accidental families to resolve their financial problems.
paracha Sep 12, 2012 07:44pm
All these govt. officials including the industry minister and labour dept. are corrupt as usal, they get their monthly bribe every month from industrialists and sleep happily in there homes without being bother to check if all labour and industry laws are being observed by these industrialists or not. Now 289 people are dead and suddenly industry minister woke up to see if the factory owner is guilty of neglegience, what a joke!
Zeba Arif Sep 12, 2012 10:46am
We may express our sorrow and pray for those who perished, but isn't this one massive lame cop-out? We know these tragedies will happen again, and all we will continue to do is say, albeit sadly, we have a weak and ineffectual government. Why aren't we out there in force, standing up for the dispossessed and the disenfranchised? We are the agents of change. Nothing will happen unless we make it happen.
Javed Sep 13, 2012 04:55am
May god give strength to the families. It's sad....but it will never change as very soon we will forget everything unless another accident happen.
immi_1 Sep 12, 2012 11:36am
I hereby express my sincerest regrets & condolences for the deaths of innocent people of Pakistan .This is the symptom that our infrastructure is catastrophic from A to Z. No preventive controls at all, sever power outrages, generators and gas cylinders are everywhere in homes and in factories without safety measures, no emergency exits in factories, Licenses are being given to factories to operate in residential areas, no involvement from Government to enforce contingency measures. This is a clear wake-up call for all of us who really want Pakistan to rise and glow. Please use your privellege to vote for right people. I know no politician is ideal in Pakistan but some are better than others so use your vote to bring at least better people in assemblies instead of not using your vote at all.
Shahid Niaz Sep 12, 2012 06:17am
I only hope this will wake up the people who matter to realize their responsibilities and ensure 100% existence of industrial safety measures in all industrial units. Life is priceless but compensation to the next of kins can help mitigate their sufferings. Notwithstanding any other punishment inflicted on the owner of the factory, who had all along been reaping profit from the toil of these dead workers, should be forced to pay an handsome compensation. May Allah give courage to the near and dear ones of the dead and injured to bear the loss and deprivation of their bread-earner.
Omar Sep 12, 2012 04:09am
Yet another event which displays the inefficiencies of simple thing as building and fire codes, which should be adequately in place and when so many people will work there the owners responsibility. All the rules are in place but the enforcers use this for private gain. For sure once the investigation is done we will find lack of fire doors, fire escapes, fire extinguishers etc. which are mandatory. How rich has the owner or the enforcer become from shunning there responsibilities. Why has Pakistan become like this? Where is our honour to duty and pride?
Jawad Hussaini (@SJawadHussaini) Sep 12, 2012 05:33am
Government is is responsible for 73 dead due to poor performance and we the people of Pakistan deserve this because we have no feeling for other living like robots with no feelings "appna dard tu kutta bhe mahsoos karta hai, Insan woh hai jo dosray insan ka dard mahsoos kar sakay"
Mukkaram Qureshi Sep 12, 2012 05:30am
There are no disaster recovery measures implemented across industries in Pakistan. Industries Minister has ordered an enquiry but can he explain why he allowed conversion of a factory into a school in SITE area a potential disaster.
manghirmalani Sep 12, 2012 06:59am
Shocking- Owners of Factory and General Manager should be arrested...
Indian Sep 12, 2012 11:01am
Typical sub-continental negligence .. in india, pakistan we never care for human life .. just the other day lot of workers were killed in blaze in fireworks factory .. factry owners must be punished
Hussain Naqvi Sep 12, 2012 11:15am
The Chief and his team of labour department be put behind the bars for their negligence to ignore the laws to establish a factory. The owner of he factory be tried in the anti terrorist court for risking the lives of his workers. There must be some targeted mission of the terrorist to create unrest in the country. However this is national loss of precious lives earning their livelyhood to support their families.
Pakistani Sep 12, 2012 05:55am
"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." You have hit the nail on the head.
shakeel ahmed Sep 12, 2012 05:18am
Two fire accidents one day killing 94 people due to irresponsible greedy owners who never bothered about safety norms. Horrible
Vijay Sep 12, 2012 05:00pm
Very sad indeed. Am reminded of a recent blaze at a firecracker unit in the southernmost part of India.
Cheema Sep 12, 2012 12:49pm
Why no name of Factory Owners were put forward. It seems they are very Powerful Personalities and as usual their names have been concealed. In developed world Owners would be given death sentence in this case but in Pakistan see how every information is concealed.
SJay Sep 12, 2012 05:35pm
May their souls rest in peace and may God give patience to the family members of deceased. Ameen.
manghirmalani Sep 12, 2012 12:50pm
Nation should pay tribute to these people
G.A. Sep 12, 2012 03:44pm
Why bother with all the expensive emergency exits and fire-proof structures when life is the cheapest commodity in Pakistan. The mourners will mourn and the ministers will huff and puff and wave their fists only to go back to their air conditioned homes for a lavish meal until the cycle repeats with the next tragedy.
Aqeel Sep 13, 2012 04:07pm
My heart felt condolences to the families of victims of this tragic event here in Karachi and Lahore. It is time to wake up and realize that we have allowed ourselves to this level. Time to learn from our mistakes. Clearly were are 150 years behind other nations when it comes to protecting our masses. Corruption, nepotism, greed and lack of empathy for the poor has become our national motto. We should be ashamed of ourselves for letting this happen over and over again. We are to blame ourselves for poor governance by the ruling class because we are them. Time to blame ourselves instead of others for tragic events like this. I find it really idiotic and childish to punish the owner of the factory. It makes everyone very bold and big while sitting behind the key board and pass judgements.If this tragedy did not occur, wasn't he/she the provider for lively hood for these people. Grow up and admit that the owner is the part of this corrupt society and we are the society. What is even worse is the fact that we are Muslims and it hurts me to see that we don't even follow the basic principals of this great way of life. Every Muslim nation is on the same path of self destruction. Look at the chaos in Pakistan, Egypt, Libya, Yemen. We love to blame non muslims for our misery. Do something about it and just don's sit there like a ostrich with his head dug in the sand hoping everything will get better.
shahid Sep 12, 2012 11:38am
who is responsible for the lack of arrangements for health safety and environmental plans lacking in this particular terrible tragic incident ? owner,govt authorities? the culprits should be made accountable .
Fatima Sep 12, 2012 04:05pm
Who owns this factory?
Shailendra Patil Sep 12, 2012 06:11pm
I am realy shocked how this safety violation in industries take a toll on common man,uthority must arrest the factory owner for not maitaining proper safety regulations.All working class people paid the price for this negligence.May Allah gave them peace in hevan & strength to the family members of decesed.From India
Iqbal Hadi Zaidi Sep 12, 2012 07:26pm
Fire, fire, fire and it did fire. Both the incidents are too tragic to be described. To me neither the fire is extinguished nor it should be extinguished otherwise we are doomed till dooms day. If we feel that we are at fire so we must fire all those responsible right from owner to those government officials who are directly or indirectly involved like labor, fire, civil defense, construction etc so that none compromises in future otherwise it will be repeated. Iqbal Hadi Zaidi / Kuwait
Zahid Sep 12, 2012 09:12am
I think the govt is to blame in first place, be it Sindhi or Punjab, as these have failed miserably in implementing the rules and regulations. The corrupt govt officials allow these factories to work. After such incident,the politicians jump in seeming very sympathetic but these should be charged and named responsible in FIRs.
Khalid Sep 12, 2012 06:04pm
I salute to those who saved one or many lives; thus saved the whole humanity. I also pray for each family who lost their loved ones. May Almighty Allah give them courage to bear this irreparable losses. I also urge the concerned authority to fulfill their responsibilities on urgent and immediate basis and ask for forgiveness from the Allah so take Oath from their hearts that never ever follow negligence in future and will always encourage and motive their juniors/staff to pay their duties with full responsibilities. Culprits; whosoever must be PUNISHED. May Allah forgive us and safe all the humanity from fire and other terrible accidents.
Sharjeel Jawaid Sep 12, 2012 09:22am
Such incidences would not take place if we decrease the rate of corruption a little bit!
Rakesh Sep 12, 2012 11:45am
We share your grief. May the departed souls rest in peace and hope some day soon, human lives are given importance across the Subcontinent. Until then we can only pray that the families and friends find the courage to overcome this most profound grief!
Waseem Balouch Sep 12, 2012 09:39am
Why can't our Government or Concern Authories have proactive approach.?
nasir Sep 12, 2012 09:48am
Thank you Mr. Rehman Malik for ordering an inquiry and placing the owner on the ECL. You have my vote in the next elections.
Muahmmad Zaid Sep 12, 2012 09:50am
I think that the Governemnt is full of corrupt and incompetent peoples, In pakistan there is a Safety System but the main problem is that we have no implementation of these systems.Government should be strict against those illegal companies and Government should hire competent peoples who can look these companies.Adherance of requirement of International Standard OHSAS 17001:2007 should be necessary for all the companies. Root Cause of this Accident is that we have no system and its implementation at Government Level.
abdussamad Sep 12, 2012 09:55am
You're just making that up. Why are you spreading rumours about this incident? Does such behaviour make you feel proud of yourself?
Dr Nizam S Prince Sep 12, 2012 09:55am
I don
skylark Sep 12, 2012 05:13pm
I express my deepest condolence to deparitng soul and extend my sympathy to the relatives. problem is IMPLEMENTING THE SAFETY and obeyed by OWNERS. can administration DO that ?
sarmad Sep 12, 2012 09:58am
We do not believe in safety. This is result of that. From now on every work place needs to be checked if it meets known and well recognized safety measures.
B. Ally Sep 12, 2012 07:25am
one can flout with any regulations because corruption is so rife. Human life has no value in our society where making money by every means and at every cost is most over riding purpose.
Rabia Sep 12, 2012 07:19am
who why where what...basics of reporting. Where in Karachi was this factory?
sajjad Sep 12, 2012 10:33am
I have worked in a garment factory and its more like a prison structure. people are searched when they are coming in and going out. one cannot even move from one section to other section. sometimes, the doors are locked and are opened only during breaks and off time. I this model , I can hardly imagine how workers would escape fire, as its metnioned by one of them that there are a grill , which they had to break. a grill is usually a security barrier and is made of iron. so, its a prison.
taranveer singh Sep 12, 2012 05:04pm
money cant bring back departed souls. but can heal the wounds of families to some extent. every family should get 2 crore rupees in compensation
Sir Sep 12, 2012 10:11am
Starting point should be minister for industry resign if we have any decency which doudt even exist in potilitician including MQM, should announce morning for at least 1 day
Siraj Sep 12, 2012 12:22pm
I request that it is time to start an online campaign via facebook or soem other site for Safety meaures asking all concerned to Introduce proper safety measures and punishment for failure.
Riaz Sep 12, 2012 10:20am
The related department should also be questioned why they didn't tried to break into the housing and rescue the people.
Siraj Sep 12, 2012 12:34pm
You are absolutely right. The Media must play a role and we should have a proper compaign to force all business places (not only factories) to have safety measures in place for emergencies along with clear Emergency Exits.
Fahd Ali Raza Sep 12, 2012 10:26am
You guys are talking about government corruption? Dawn and other newspapers haven't even mentioned the name of the company, nor interviews of owners! You think this would happen in a poor woman's rape case? The media has obviously decided to keep quiet about this.
Muhammad Adnan Sep 12, 2012 12:47pm
Safety audit by the Govt. shall be conducted in all the weaving mills running in Pakistan.
asgher Sep 12, 2012 12:47pm
If this incident would have happened in India the owner would have gone in jail already. This is an eye opening incident and our governmnt should enforce strict laws on factory/plant owners.
Khan Sep 12, 2012 12:45pm
We do have safety code but they are on papers only. The families of the victims should sue the owner of the factory for compensation. The chief justice should make sure that justice is done and the guilty parties including the public safety department pay for their negligence
Fahad Sep 12, 2012 12:16pm
my deepest condolences to the family member. RIP
Raja Sep 12, 2012 06:27pm
Why there is no good news from either India/Pak ?, My heart is bleeding, Tragedy ruined hundreds of families. I'm really saddened, God please give us strength.
manghirmalani Sep 12, 2012 10:35am
Nadir Sep 12, 2012 06:29pm
I agree. Do people ask the supreme court to take action when a Christian person is accused of blasphemy? They take the law in their own hands and lynch the poor Christian. But for issues that actually affect them, people do nothing.
Zeeshan Sep 12, 2012 07:21am
A very sad day for Pakistan with fires in two cities claiming so many lives. This is the cost the country is paying for cheap products for other countries and filling the pockets of corrupt businessmen and government officials.
urawal Sep 12, 2012 12:03pm
Time to rethink on the Industrial Safety norms.....Getting a Safety clearance is viewed just a formality on paper and can be "purchased"..............Recently there was a case in Southern India where a fire occured in a FIREWORKS manufacturing unit. Disgusting. Are the poor and labour meant to die only.......... The investigations will reveal that there were no Exit points, no firefighting equipmnent and even no propery way for Fire Tenders to get education on safety measures, no mock fire drills..........same story..........Owner will be arrested , his name will come on EXIT Control List, some conspiracy theories will be built. Case will be registered, Owner will get bail and his battery of lawyers will fight. " Heafty Greetings" will be offered. When the case is "THANDA"..........all will walk free ( public memory is short anyway). Case Shut and close............Till the next one.........
Manish Sep 12, 2012 06:49pm
May God bless their family. RIP
raika45 Sep 12, 2012 10:41am
The first group that must undergo strict scrutiny is the government's enforcement department.Let it explain why there was such lax enforcement regarding the building's safety regulations.Heads must roll, not just mere verbal punishment.If you cannot enforce the rules, the owners in order to save money will not do any safety procedures.
Imran Qureshi Sep 12, 2012 11:03am
It seams that there were not enough safety measures for man and machine. There were not enough emergency exit. There was no proper fire alarm, fire extinguishers, automatic sprinklers etc. In my opinion the factory management/Owner is responsible for all these deaths and must be punished and charged for mass murder.
Waqas Ali Sep 12, 2012 08:56am
May Allah Pak rest their souls in the paradise.
Akram Sep 12, 2012 10:32am
inah lillayhi wa ina ilayhi rajiyoun. let us hope from this disaster we can find better ways to care for our people.
Fahad Ali Sep 12, 2012 10:45am
And Rehman Malik thinks it was one of the acts of the alleged Taliban groups. I can't believe it. If Taliban had to do anything, considering the type of attacks in the past they would attach government officials of the law enforcement agencies. It's hard to believe they hurting common people for no reason. They carry an agenda, ill mannered and never an acceptable one; but they don't kill for fun.
sohail Sep 12, 2012 08:03am
owner totally failed regarding implementation of health ,safety and envormental plolicies,half of bodies are childrens(child labour issues),
Irfan Sep 12, 2012 06:34pm
Sorry, MQM takes credit for good deeds only. On bad deeds, it goes back and appeals its own government for justice.
Dilawer Sep 12, 2012 04:18am
Rehman Malik and his statements.
imran Sep 12, 2012 07:30pm
Another proof of the incompetence, insensitivity and criminal mentality of the ruling class of pakistan. May all those poor souls lost in this catastrophe rest in eternal peace. And may the powers that be who are misruling over Pakistan and who are directly responsible for this incident themselves burn in hell eternally.
Preet Kahlon Sep 12, 2012 11:19am
May God bless there soul RIP
usman Sep 12, 2012 11:27am
Should the concened LABOUR Department's INSPECTOR & relevent staff be included in the Investigation, some one is due for accountablity
aqabdulaziz Sep 12, 2012 12:03pm
This is a sad incident. But I am more appalled by repeated comments by pakistanis asking the supremem court to do something. Why is that when something goes wrong, the People of Pakistan want the supreme court to do something? Until recently, people asked the military to intervene for every freaking thing. After 65years, they have realized that the military mishandled everything, destroyed normal political process, and now they are asking the supreme court to meddle in everything.
Masoom Warsi Sep 12, 2012 12:17pm
Safety measures is not the priority of provincial or federal government. High ups will give statements, digital media will host talk shows and after few days the matter will be put behind. The life of general public is least important. This is the wake up call of all who will cast the vote in next election. It is the vote who can bring honest and right person for the right job otherwise everyone has to bear same fate for next 5 years.
S.Hussain Akbari Sep 12, 2012 11:36am
No doubt it is a very tragic incident. However, it is basically the corrupted governments who have never cared to make regular clean slate visit to the indutrial industries in any part of our country and check the safety precautions taken and take to task the owners when there is some lack. All these checks and corresponding visits by the inspectors are mentioned in the Rules and Regulations of the concened Government Departments. But who cares when the minds are filled with coruption. We are always ready to give statements and to point fingures when such tragic incidences happen. The Minister of Internal Affairs will just announce some Compensations and the matter will be forgotten for ever. Putting the names of the owners in Exit Control List is just hoax and something to laugh at.The owners know well how to come out of this mess with the Corrupt Goverment.No doubt after all such incidences we are clever, but we never learn. Pity that so many precious lives have been lost and the families have become poorer.
janan Sep 12, 2012 11:37am
My deepest condolence to the victims, May their soul rest in peace.
chris Sep 12, 2012 04:26pm
both indian and pakistani govt want their people to suffer, no regulabions no proper rules, only bribe, bribes, no news about that boja air guy yet
KhanUsafzai Sep 12, 2012 06:39pm
their were no emergency exits, no fire alarms, no fire extinguishers, their was only one exit which was blocked by fire for hundreds of employees, all the door inside which were electronic's instead of getting opened got locked due to short cricuit ....
jawed sarwar Sep 12, 2012 11:39am
More responsible is the government officials who allowed the construction of the factory without any provision of escape routes in case of fire. Owner is less responsible than the officials who failed to do inspection of the factory during construction and after constrcuction . Officials failed to check that construction had approval of structural engineer. This is an eye wash to put all blame on the owner of the factory while the major responsibility lies on the offifials who should have not allowed the factory to function without the safety of workers. Rahman Malik should order the arrest of those officials and put their name ECL only then I will vote for Malik.
human Sep 12, 2012 11:40am
Very sad.May GOD bless the soul of the deceased. An Emergency should be declared and all possible help to the injured and to the family of deceased to be provided medically and financially. I am prepared to volunteer myself for any service within my capacity. I agree with the comment of Mr. Mohammad Ali Khan.
Siddhu Sep 12, 2012 12:06pm
Is there any guideline for industrial safety in pakistan?If not horrible incidents like these are bound to occur one day or the other.Penalise the factories who dont follow rules.
Hammad Sep 12, 2012 11:40am
Dear Fiyaz we dont have such teams or departments who do such verifications and even if we have got they will pass on by taking money under the table.. we need to clean up the mess and make a proper standard which should be followed.
Pavas Ambashta Sep 12, 2012 04:44am
Very sad incident.. :(
z@hid Sep 12, 2012 06:52am
Now Mr. Rehman Malik is trying to be smart enough to tell the world that his heavenly-gifted government is "really concerned" about the labor class of Pakistan. Now the factory owner (if not politically linked) will be the only scapegoat. And Mr. Malik's government will have no time to answer the nation about the implementation of the building safety codes, architectural requirements, labor laws, workers rights ans so on. I want to congratulate the government in charge (of "Eliminating the Poor" round) for their unexpected success of wiping out another (almost) 100 starving humans (though not considered humans by the rulers) with the indirect effort of their government. Let's see how they "Sharifs" for being responsible for the incident as it will require their extreme mastery for the incident has taken place in Karachi , not Punjab.
Siraj Sep 12, 2012 12:40pm
You are very Rigth Mr Zubair. now these Industrialist and feudals will come and offer condelences. ALong with Safety measures there must be Compulsory Insurance for Employees,, and the families must be compensated by business owner from their own account.
Yousuf Ali Omer Sep 12, 2012 12:37pm
Reminding me the Bhopal incident.
Junaid Razzak Sep 12, 2012 11:53am
extremely sad; 100% preventable deaths... fires will occur but deaths should not. Fire exits, fire alarms, internal fire extinguishers and a reasonable fire fighting system at the city actually requires a mind-set and less financial resources.
Siraj Sep 12, 2012 12:37pm
Its true our rescue operations need to be better But had the building EMERGENCY EXITS and Other Safety measures in place then the number of people might have been less. But we all say things like these happens and then we forget them. Lets make a pledge to have a proper compaign for the Introduction of Emergency Exits and other safety measures.
nh Sep 12, 2012 04:51pm
Every day terrible sad news from Pakistan keeps me depressed. God save Pakistan and the people.Ameen.
Maher Sep 12, 2012 11:54am
@ Nasir... We know Rehman Malik's inquires... So think again for your next vote dear...
Amit Sep 12, 2012 12:03pm
thats looks as if they were trapped by design.......I just can't beleive this scale of deaths....very very sad.....
naveed Sep 12, 2012 11:55am
I have learnt that in China they award capital punishment to the CEO in whose employ there are more than seven fatalities in a single industrial accident. Something like that needs to be introduced here. You would not find many production houses with proper emergency exits, fire fighting arrangements, staff emergency training and emergegency plans in our country. The reason is a laid back attitude of the regulators, lack of awareness among the workforce and little regard to personnel safety by the management.
raj Sep 13, 2012 08:13am
my condolence on this tragic loss of lives.
fareed murtaza Sep 12, 2012 12:33pm
There is no regulatory body which over see industries they way they operate specialy in karachi - illegal immigrants are employed in poor working condition - i have seen many tailer shops size of 2x2 meter where half dozen people are packed in a pegion hole doing stitching.This is a wake up call if the industry reforms are not put in place these incudents will be very common.
Indian Sep 12, 2012 12:19pm
Deep condolence to the victims . May GOD give peace and strength to their families.... Pray from India
Nasir Z Sep 12, 2012 12:19pm
Can anyone share the names of factory & owners? Just adding owner's name in ECL will never solve the problem.
prakash Sep 12, 2012 11:37am
this is really tragic no words can express the magnitude of suffering. what can one say except that May everybody's soul rest in peace and GOD give the families strength and courage to bear the loss of loved ones and also the bread earners. really shocking and sad
Zahid Sep 12, 2012 12:28pm
Lot of so called Sind Government Departments working for the safety of factory workers, do nothing, just visit factories to check fire safety equipment and overall environment, fill their pockets with cickbacks, give a report that everything is perfect and endanger the lives of poor.
nazar muhammad Sep 12, 2012 12:00pm
v sad....all responsible departments are invovled in corrupt practices, no one heeds such tragic incidents. These in vain attempts and all temporary arrangments are to evade their henious actions.
Rafiq meghani Sep 12, 2012 12:20pm
President and PM secretaries must be on vacation, I dont see any routine condolence from their office
Muslim Sep 12, 2012 12:12pm
Bureaucracy and industrialist who directly and indirectly involved in such criminal negligence should have to to passed through court marshal they all shoot publically to avoid such a horrible accident in future. Hazart Umar-bin Khatab (Razi Allah Tala Anho) had defined the accountability parameter as he said " if a dog laid his life with hunger at the bank of river Dajla, Khalifa will be accountable infront of Almighty Allah" My dear President, Prime Minister, Chief Justice, Chief of Army staff, Interior Minister and Minister for industry Sindh of Islamic Republic of Pakistan rule of Allah still remain the same, you will have to find any good reason to excuse Allah. your neck will be in the hands of all the those effectees. Shame, Shame , Shame.
shahzad Sep 12, 2012 12:12pm
First catch the all CORRUPT GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS who issued licenses (after taking bribes) and allowed the factory to operate in such dangrous conditions. AFTER that only the commissioner should talk abt arresting the owner.
Ammar Akhtar Sep 12, 2012 12:12pm
They all will blame the owner and he shares major part of the responsibility but what of the many Govt departments who are there for checks? Where does their responsibility start and who will take them to task. Sad part is in many ways we all are responsible and in due time we all shall pay for it
badsha Sep 12, 2012 12:05pm
i dont have words! its a very big loss.. may God help all.
riaz sheikh london Sep 12, 2012 12:21pm
Its so sad to see so many lives lost in this terrible tragedy..only because the fire safety measures were not in place. Its the Government's responsibility to ensure that strict safety measures are in operation at all the industrial sites and offices Tough sentences should be imposed on the culprits who do not follow the law . Every now and then the Govt. should send the inspectors to ensure that the adequate safety devices have been installed and meet the required standard. For heaven sake make sure you follow and adhere to the safety requisites before its too late. Riaz M Sheikh London
sharif Sep 12, 2012 11:08am
Why the minister is talking about safe exit point inside factory in emergency now.Was he and his team was sleeping before.he must resign
Tariq Sep 13, 2012 07:17am
that is true.... there will be no accountability of anything.
Nasir Z Sep 12, 2012 12:22pm
Certainly there are SOPs to be followed. But mostly they are used for cosmetic purposes, very few organizations follow them.
Shamim Sep 12, 2012 02:39pm
Building Control Authorities MUST be investigated. How a factory without proper fire escape routes was allowed to operate by building control authorities? Also, approved building plan MUST be checked against the as-built condition and see if it violated the design submitted for approval? Is there any oversight by Fire Department? Does Fire Department inspect annually all Public spaces including Masjids for proper fire escape routes and exit doors? Intensity, spreading and Magnitude of this fires is suspicious. It MUST be investigated from the EXTORTION point of view also. May be the OWNER refused to pay the asking DONATION and was punished......Owner should be investigated by FIA not the Sindh Local government.......
noushad Sep 12, 2012 11:48am
Please stop the strike and come all in factry.for........................
RIZWAN Sep 12, 2012 03:54pm
corporate greed, security facilities in shambles...nothing else.
khuzaim khawaja Sep 13, 2012 07:29am
anon Sep 12, 2012 11:29am
Rather than just an inquiry into this and making the factory owner the scapegoat, there should be a campaign to inspect all such establishments and help factory owners become aware of the precautions they can take. Sufficient emergency exits is the most important and in many cases may not even be that costly.
asgher Sep 12, 2012 12:41pm
im sure the owner of this factory will be thinking how to escape this situation. he would be contacting lawyers officers etc offering them bribe to fold the case. Instead of giving bribes if he would have used same money for Fire fighting system this incident would have been avoided. Actually the mentality of our nation has corroded which is reflecting with incided such as one before us. We want to make fast money and live this haraam life without paying back anything. Even if it comes with a price of life of single earning man of 10 dependents we comfortably accept. shame on us!
Pakistani Sep 12, 2012 11:20am
I agree! but if we see the other side of the picture the GOVT is to involve and share at least 85% of irresponsibility in this case. I have question that where are the safety and health inspectors of govt who did not inspect safety in a popper way and issued the license of the death to factory owner for this sad incident? This is question is from a Pakistani !!!!
Irfan Sep 12, 2012 03:30pm
god will help all i cant say any thing
sid Sep 12, 2012 07:56pm
"Rauf Siddiqui, the industry minister for Sindh province, said the factory owner was under investigation for negligence." Should you not take some responsibility and resign as well? Who is responsible for ensuring that all factories that are operating actually comply with safety requirements? Why was this factory allowed to operate in the first place?
zaffar Sep 12, 2012 07:54pm
It is very painful to see people dying in hundreds and our political leaders are concerned to make political grounds.Shame on them. They are a curse for the nation.
Ahmed Sep 12, 2012 03:29pm
The best thing would be the victims sue the factory owners for inadequate standards to insure safety. When the owners will pay for such damages, only then will they themselves insure that Industrial standards are met. Moreover, they will train their staff what to do if such a situation transpires. I guess the only language that people understand is profit/loss. It is unfortunate that there is no value for life in our country.
Murad Muhammad Baluch Sep 12, 2012 03:25pm
It is such a sad news. May almighty Allah help the families who lost their bread-earners, ameen.
Vijay Sep 12, 2012 03:24pm
My prayers for those who lost their lives. May God give strength to their loved ones to overcome this tragedy.
Lucky Star Sep 12, 2012 03:12pm
Factory owner must compensate to the families of victims and he and his family must be put on exit control list.
Deepak Anand Sep 12, 2012 03:12pm
What a tragic incident, so many innocent poors lost their lives, may God give the strength to all the near n dear ones to overcome this incident.
NASAH (USA) Sep 12, 2012 08:24pm
Three hundred people burnt to death -- what is wrong with the country -- no safety measures in factories -- the owners of the factory should get life sentences for not observing fire codes and for not having emergency exit doors -- only one door to get out? Shame on the government factory inspectors -- they should be prosecuted too. What a heart wrenching tragedy. Wake up Pakistan.
ysk Sep 12, 2012 10:53am
De Ja Vu. They wont stop such factories to run unless a mishap takes place. Why permits are issued to run such factories. We will investigate is the name of the game.
Sajid Sep 12, 2012 03:05pm
Very sad news, All those that mention health and safety in Pakistan are right, but even in the western world where health and safety is priority there are accidents like these. It can happen anywhere.
Nair Sep 12, 2012 03:02pm
This kind of worst thinks happen countries like India and Pakistan ..Here No value for human life no law no security for ordinary people.because of our stupit politicians. May Allah have mercy on there soul and grant them Paradise.
Imran Virk Sep 12, 2012 03:01pm
Such incidents will keep on happening until government agencies do not enforce industrial safety laws strictly. Negligence and acting with least responsibility has become hallmark of our culture in all spheres. Entrepreneurs and factory owners don't give any importance to fire risk and safety at work place and human life is not their subject at all; they are interested in profit making only.
jay Sep 12, 2012 02:56pm
Fire safety rules exist but they are circumvented with connivance of corrupt fire rules enforcement staff. BTW in Karachi the fire safety enforcement is the responsibility of the provincial government and their only aim is to make money
Star Pakistani Sep 12, 2012 02:56pm
Such negligence on the part of Government Authorites and the owners is not forgiveable. They must be brought to account and be punished. They arr murderers of these poor workers. Is there any insurance? for those who lost their lives? I am sure the answer is NO. If we continue to ignore the mistakes of the responsible authorities, this kind of incidents will continue and poor families will sufer for many years. When we will be able to be human? Where are piosed muslims, who spare not time to preach about Islam. Why they don't come forward to educate the people about their rights and protest agnainst such negligence.
David Woolnough Sep 12, 2012 02:52pm
Who owns it, are they a Pakistan company ?
Sohail Khan Sep 12, 2012 08:47pm
No value for human life I have personally seen that almost all the factories have no emergency doors and in order to prevent theft there is only on accessable door, I spoke to one owner and ask him about the emergency exit he started lauhging and said we are more concern for theft rather than safety
Sohail Khan Sep 12, 2012 08:48pm
There is no guideline for any safety for human life
Sohail Khan Sep 12, 2012 08:49pm
The reason they turn to Supreme court is that they have no trust for any dapartment, official, police, Fire department etc.
Shujaat Ayub Khan Sep 12, 2012 02:46pm
He may change his statement by the evening.
SAK Sep 12, 2012 02:43pm
This is tragic loss of life and our prayers and duas shall be with the deceased and their families. The Sind Minister of Industry should submit his resignation immediately as a token of accepting the responsibility for failing to protect the lives of 290 innocent workers who left their homes in the morning to earn a livelihood for their families like millions other workers. Someone should set an example otherwise no change will come to Pakistan.
Indian Sep 12, 2012 02:35pm
Billion condolences for the loss of families. How could this happen? 300 people? This incident should be thoroughly probed. why did the factory not have fire fighting facility or even excape routes?
APakistani Sep 12, 2012 02:28pm
I literally have tears in my eyes as I sit here reading this. What a sad state we are in. Raise your hand if you think nothing will happen to the owner of this factory. I have both of my hands up.
pakistani Sep 12, 2012 02:24pm
we recently heard about lots of deaths in a blaze in a factory of fireworks in india as well. don't pose as if india has the best industrial safety record in the world. you are asking the question as if you never heard such thing in india. this is sad incident and don't put salt on our wounds being sarcastic.
Ainny Sep 12, 2012 11:43am
Industrial Minister must resign at this situation. why the safety measures were not implemented in the factory? why the emergency exit was not in place? obviously without authorities allowance factory could not be established who gave them NOC to operate with known hazards like no emergency exit?
imad Sep 12, 2012 02:12pm
Name of the factory and its owner name should be disclosed/highlighted so that persons commiting such criminal negligence and huge loss of life could be known to everyone that comprises saftey.
saba Sep 12, 2012 02:12pm
a yet another inquiry.
salman Sep 12, 2012 02:08pm
what about the residential complex?
imransaudi Sep 12, 2012 02:05pm
Curruption ,negligence , dishonesty, illiteracy, poverty, exploitation, criminal minds and other factors likewise bore this incident. Government is nowhere. This is biggest loss for our history.
saba Sep 12, 2012 02:05pm
I am 100% i agreement with you when you say that we don't believe in safety. This is because as a nation we are trained to be careless and selfish. This factory owner wanted his work to be done come what may. And has nothing to do with the well being of his workers and their families.
ANNUM Sep 12, 2012 10:02pm
i feel sorry for my country..this government is destryoing people...may we get rid of such leaders..MAY ALLAH HELP US AMEEN SUM AMEEN
Syed Sep 12, 2012 10:12pm
As someone who has been working in structural and engineering field for 18 years, I can honestly say pakistan does not have any rules regarding industrial safety (if there are any, they are not enforced) I also question the role of ISO bodies currently operating in Pakistan. Let this be a wakeup call for strict regulations and accountability afterwards. (what I just said is all wishful thinking) are you kidding me? If industry had any rules and regulations, Industrail cities like Muredke and Kala Shah Kaku would not smell like "methane" when you travel through them.
Tufal Sep 12, 2012 01:56pm
What a country. There are guidelines and building rules for factories to follow but there is no implementation. Govt and public are equally responsible for it. Is there anything which is done correctly in this country. Rules are only in books. Violation after violation.
zaheer Sep 12, 2012 01:55pm
I am getting shocked with the rising death toll whenever I open the news website. I was chatting with my friend in the morning and we were sad about 129 deaths and now its 289 and even more... Ignorance is no more a bliss...
Nasir vohra Sep 12, 2012 01:55pm
Terrible news..May God rest their souls in peace. Go anywhere in Pakistan you see almost no safety measure except few Posh places. Lots of question on Fire safety certificate, arrival/equipment of fire briggate, owner responsibilities etc. but wondering those type of question ever been answered in PAK?
kamran Sep 12, 2012 01:47pm
my condolence for victims and their families,we should take serious steps to arrest who is responsible behind this event including owners
Marvin (Edmonton, Canada) Sep 12, 2012 01:46pm
Very sad....RIP poor souls...God bless you.
Zahid Sep 12, 2012 01:45pm
most of the building in karachi there is no emergency exit and no fire system alarm in the building. Minister of building take action against their builders. But I know nothing will happend?????????????
Omar Sep 12, 2012 11:01pm
The only guideline for a poor country like Pakistan is ...corruption and connections.
Omar Sep 12, 2012 11:01pm
U are talking about Pakistan,right!!!
Hammad Sep 12, 2012 01:39pm
Excuse me but this is not only the responsibility of the Industry owners, the Govt is fully responsible for issueing them permits and to let this happen. Its commen sense whenever buildings are constructed or amended these are supposed to have fire exits and under contigencies like this one there must be more than one route of exit from any where in the building in case of emergencies, I am not sure if building was fited with the fire alarm, even if fire and smoke alarms are installed pakistani community will laugh about it, I am sorry to say we all are responsible for this. Minister responsible for this side of ministery must resign immediately and families to be compensated for the loss and Govt to make sure correct procedures are in place. I know am wasting my time by writing here I am 100 % sure nothing is going to happen. We wait for disasters to correct ourselves and our systems thats a part of our second nature. Its the height of ignorance of pakistanis from top to bottom including myself. Hammad Scotland