LHC CJ terms Ahmedpur Sharqia oil tanker mishap deplorable


AHMEDPUR SHARQIA: Chief Justice of Lahore High Court (LHC) Mansoor Ali Shah on Monday has declared Ahmedpur Sharqia oil tanker blaze incident that took lives of 206 people as deplorable.
Conducting a hearing over local Mahmood Akhtar Naqvi’s plea, the LHC CJ sought reply from Punjab government and federation till July 6 whereas he has also directed the authorities to submit rules designated by NHO along with the details of oil tanker’s design.
On June 25, a tanker, coming from Karachi to Lahore, overturned a day before Eid-ul-Fitr on a main highway while carrying some 40,000 litres of fuel.
The tanker exploded minutes later as people from a nearby village gathered to scavenge for fuel, despite warnings by the driver as well as motorway police to stay away.
Pakistan has a poor record of fatal traffic accidents due to poor roads, badly maintained vehicles and reckless driving.


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