Murree tragedy: NDMA officials appear before IHC

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Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Thursday conducted a hearing on the petition filed against the responsible personnel for Murree incident.

On the directives of IHC, the officials of National Desaster Management Authority (NDMA) appeared before the court.

During the hearing, Chief Justice Athar Minallah reprimanded the NDMA representatives over their failure to timely handle the situation.

Subsequently, the court has directed Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan to summon key session in next week over Murree mishap and take action against the responsible people.

Earlier in the day, Chief Justice Athar Minallah asked that NDMA is such a huge department, have they ever held a meeting. There must have been a proper management plan to avoid any incident like Murree tragedy”, he remarked.

It is to be noted that a few days back, at least 23 people had lost their lives while being trapped in their vehicles after snowstorm in Murree and other northern areas of the country.

Over 100,000 cars had entered the scenic town of Murree in the past few days to see the unusually heavy snowfalls, causing an enormous traffic jam on roads leading in and out of the town.

Prime Minister Imran Khan ordered an inquiry and put in place strong regulation to ensure prevention of such tragedies.

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