Minister suspends six officers responsible of Sehwan road accident
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Taking the action against the tragic Sehwan Sharif road accident, the federal minister for communications Maulana Asad Mahmood on Friday suspended six officers, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
They have been found responsible for the tragedy due to insufficient security measures. Their negligence caused a tragic Sehwan Sharif road crash yesterday night. The accident has claimed at least 20 lives of a family and injured several others.
The minister, who is currently in Russia telephoned Secretary Communication Captain (retired), Khurram Agha, late at night and sought details about the incident.
On the instructions of Maulana Asad Mehmood, Member NHA Munir Memon and DIG Motorway Police Javed Ali visited the crime scene today.
The team declared four NHA and two Motorway Police officers responsible for the negligence. This inquiry report was submitted to the minister via the internet.
Taking immediate action, Maulana Asad Mahmood directed the secretary to suspend the officers involved in negligence.
Federal secretary communications Cap (r) Khurram Agha suspended six officers following the direction. Director NHA South Abdul Qadoos Sheikh, Deputy Director Dadu Zulfikar Sheikh, Assistant Director Akhlaq Haider Shah, and Inspector Abid Hussain were suspended.
DSP Motorway Police Israr Ali, and Motorway Police Inspector Sajid Shah were also suspended.
The minister also directed the Secretary of Communications to take departmental action against all officers.
Meanwhile, the victims of the van incident have been identified.
According to hospital sources, the deceased identified as Mahmooda, Musamat Suna, Musamat Bhimbal, Benazir, Juman, Leela, Shahida, Musamat Soonh, Madia, Allah Dini, Noman, Dilshad, Allah Dino, Usman, Mahboob and Shahnawaz.
The deceased belong to the Phulputo community, who were going to the shrine of Qalandar Lal Shahbaz, when the van they were traveling in met a deadly accident.
At least 20 people were killed while 13 others sustained injuries after a passenger van plunged into a ditch near Sehwan toll plaza on the Indus Highway.
The deceased include eight women and 12 children – six boys and six girls aged between 10 to 15 years.