Section 144 imposed in Gadani ship-breaking yard amid mounting mishaps

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KARACHI, Jan 10: Authorities have imposed section 144 in Gadani ship-breaking yard after which work has been halted there for at least 15 days.

The step was taken by the government after an out-of-order liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) carrier ignited at shipbreaking yard causing loss of five lives.

The bodies of deceased have been sent to Swat for funeral prayers.

Police have arrested owner and ex-chairman of the Ship-breaking Yard Association Rizwan Diwan Farooqi, contractor Bakhtawar and two others after lodging first information report (FIR).

This is third incident of fire at Gadani ship-breaking yard in as many months in which a total of 25 workers have been killed whereas 42 others have been injured.

Investigation committee constituted by federal and provincial governments had termed safety measures at ship-breaking yard ‘insufficient’.

Committee led by Minister for Defence Production Rana Tanveer had urged government to bound owners of ships to ensure strict safety measures in order to avoid further mishaps.

But after an initial outcry by politicians all the way up to the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, nothing much has happened in terms of legislation in order to prevent more loss of life.

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