KARACHI: A division bench of Sindh High Court (SHC) directed federal and provincial governments to submit concrete and final report causes should be mentioned that what was the cause of leakage of toxic gas alleged from inside Karachi Port Trust (KPC) area or Keamari Town.
On 11 March 2020, a two-member bench, headed by Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar was hearing the matter.
During the hearing, Mahmood Akhtar Naqvi, Abdul Jalil Khan Marwart, representatives of Sindh Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Plant Protection, Karachi Port Trust (KPT), deputy commissioners of several districts, additional SHO PS Jekson were appeared before the court.
Officials of Sindh Environmental Agency submitted report that during the initial investigation, gas leakage was spread cause of soybeans, however, official of department of Plant Protection said that their team visited and made a report that no cause was found which shows that soybeans dust was the reason.
After the hearing, court directed them to prepare final report and submit before the court on next date of hearing.
Counsel for the petitioners argued that said incidents badly exposed the inefficiency and mismanagement on the parts of respondents whom damaged the image of important institutions in public and specially promoted and showed the incompetency of very important positions among public.
They argued that respondents are responsible to provide protection of life and property to each and every citizen and is liable to safeguard the dignity and respect of every citizen of Pakistan under the constitution of the country.
Citing Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Maritime Affairs, chairman KPT, Home Sectary, IGP Sindh and others as respondents, petitioners pleaded the court may direct the sectary of Defence to investigation and inquiry about this important issue through their own sources.
They also pleaded the court may direct all the responsible/ relevant to compensate all the aggrieved persons and families as early as possible.