Minister promises 'transparent inquiry' into PIA plane crash in three months

Announces Rs1 million compensation for family of each victim, says govt will restore damaged houses

By: INP      Published: 10:59 PM, 23 May, 2020
Minister promises 'transparent inquiry' into PIA plane crash in three months
Federal Minister for Aviation Ghulam Sarwar Khan talks to the media.

Federal Minister for Aviation Ghulam Sarwar Khan on Saturday said a transparent inquiry into the PIA plane crash would be completed in three months.

Addressing a news conference along with PIA CEO Arshad Malik in Karachi, Ghulam Sarwar said there would be a clear and transparent investigation into the incident and every effort will be made to complete the report within three months.

“We will try to complete PIA plane crash inquiry report in three months,” he said, adding that inquiry of Chitral plane crash incident has not completed yet.

The aviation minister said they are ready to present themselves for accountability if the inquiry into the Karachi plane crash finds the aviation ministry responsible for the incident. “A special forensic team from Lahore has reached Karachi. Twenty-one bodies have been handed over to the families,” he informed the media.

He said that so many illegal constructions have been made around the Karachi airport, adding that 1,500 acres of the Civil Aviation Authority land in Karachi have been encroached upon.

The minister also announced a compensation of Rs1 million for the families of those who were killed in the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane crash. He said the government will bear all the expenses for the repair and restoration of the damaged houses.

On the occasion, PIA CEO Arshad Malik promised a transparent inquiry into the Karachi plane crash and said that he will provide all those things required for the investigation. “I will provide all those things that will be required for the investigation. We will ensure pure and clean investigations,” he added.