‘Shocked’ PM Imran Khan orders inquiry into Murree tragedy


Prime Minister Imran Khan delivers a televised tackle to the nation on November 3, 2021. — PID/File
  • “Shocked at tragic deaths of vacationers on street to Murree,” PM Imran says.
  • Over 20 individuals have been killed as heavy snowfall hits Murree.
  • PM says “robust regulation” is being put in place to keep away from such incidents.

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan Saturday expressed shock over the demise of 21 vacationers as heavy snow trapped them of their autos as tens of 1000’s of holiday makers thronged Murree.

The federal authorities has deployed the personnel of the Pakistan Military, and different civil-armed forces for rescue operations following the catastrophic scenario.

“Shocked and upset at tragic deaths of vacationers on street to Murree,” PM Imran Khan mentioned, as he talked about that “unprecedented snowfall and rush of individuals continuing with out checking climate situations caught district administration unprepared”.

The prime minister mentioned he has ordered an inquiry into the matter and was putting in a “robust regulation” to make sure the prevention of such tragedies sooner or later.

Because the scenario obtained out of hand, the administration blocked all of the routes in Murree — leaving the vacationers helpless on the roads. In a video message, Inside Minister Sheikh Rasheed Saturday mentioned Murree had “seen an enormous variety of vacationers after 15-20 years”, and because of that, a disaster came about.

The Punjab authorities has declared Murree as a calamity-hit space, with chief minister Usman Buzdar ordering to open the federal government’s places of work and relaxation homes for the stranded vacationers.

Geo Information, citing officers, reported that an estimated 125,000 autos have entered the town up to now, because of which extreme site visitors jam was witnessed on the roads.

‘Felony negligence’

In the meantime, PML-N President Shahbaz Sharif and PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari expressed sorrow over the deaths of vacationers in Murree.

Terming the incident as “legal negligence” on a part of the administration, Shahbaz mentioned the occasion has uncovered the incumbent authorities, which “can not even deal with a site visitors scenario”.

Bilawal mentioned the complete nation was saddened over the unlucky incident in Murree, as he expressed sorrow over the demise of the individuals.

“It could have been higher had [the administration] knowledgeable the vacationers in regards to the climate scenario in Murree […] the federal government ought to instantly start rescue companies for the vacationers,” he added.

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