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State is responsible of Murree tragedy: Islamabad High Court

The Chief Justice of the Islamabad High Court has said that the entire state is responsible for the killings in Murree.

The High Court heard a petition filed by Hamad Abbasi, a resident of Murree, seeking investigation into the Murree tragedy and action against those responsible. The petitioner said that when the tourists were going to die from the toll plaza, no one stopped them and informed them of the danger, the administration is guilty.

Members of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) appeared. Chief Justice Athar Minallah remarked that who is responsible for the death of these 22 people? Parliament has enacted Disaster Management Law. It was supposed to be implemented since 2010. Has there ever been a meeting of National Disaster Management till date?

Member NDMA replied that one meeting was held on February 21, 2013 and the second meeting was held on March 28, 2018 after 5 years.

Expressing anger over the NDMA member, the Chief Justice said that it was unfortunate that if the meeting had been prepared, precious lives would not have been lost, you have failed, it was your responsibility to convene the meeting. Given the management plan, you had to implement this law. If this law had been implemented, not a single citizen would have been killed. In this case, there is no need for any inquiry. Had there been a district plan, it would not have happened. There is no need for an inquiry into what happened. Everyone is involved. The people of Murree are not good. What is their fault? ۔

The Chief Justice asked the NDMA members to convene a meeting of the commission today to take action against those who are responsible. The NDMA has not fulfilled its responsibility. Or not, no hotelier could take the money when the district plan was made, everyone is still behind the dead, we order the Prime Minister to call a meeting of the commission next week, not to implement the law related to the commission. Determine the responsibility of those who died in the tragedy, the responsibility of those who died in the tragedy, God willing, what would you do if your children were in this tragedy.

The NDMA member said that the law clearly states that there is a set of responsibilities at the central, provincial and district levels.

Chief Justice Athar Minallah told the NDMA member that the entire state is responsible for these killings, all the people in this law and the entire state is responsible, if the National Commission meeting is not held after 2018, then You are responsible for this. Today you write to the Prime Minister to call a meeting of the National Commission for next week. All the powerful are present in this commission. Maybe 9 children were at fault?

The High Court directed the Prime Minister to convene a meeting of the National Disaster Management Commission and submit a report to the court after the meeting. Those responsible should also be identified.

Chief Justice Athar Minallah adjourned further hearing of the case till next Friday.

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