Federal Information and Broadcasting Minister Fawad Chaudhry said on Saturday that lessons needed to be learned from the Murree tragedy, saying there was a need to devise strategies to respond effectively to such situations at the to come up.
Speaking with reporters in Lahore, Fawad said thousands of vehicles had entered Murree and other high places in the past 24 hours, making it difficult for the local administration to provide facilities. effectively.
Murree disaster death toll rises to 21
He added that the government of Punjab has asked all agencies to speed up the rescue and evacuation of citizens and vehicles stuck in the snow.
The minister said he was sad that the opposition was engaged in politics on the issue.
At least 21 tourists have died in cars stranded in Murree due to snowfall and the resulting traffic jams.
Pakistani army troops reached Murree to help with the rescue work. The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said army engineers have also reached the area to help open major highways.
Murree tragedy: PM orders investigation, says influx of people caught district administration off guard
Earlier today, Prime Minister Imran Khan said the district administration had been caught off guard by the influx of people into Murree, ordering an investigation and putting in place strict regulations to ensure the prevention of such tragedies. .
“Unprecedented snowfall and an influx of people proceeding without checking the weather conditions caught the district administrator off guard,” the prime minister said in a Twitter post on Saturday.
“Have ordered an investigation and put in place strict regulations to ensure the prevention of such tragedies,” he added.
Later, the Prime Minister’s Special Assistant (SAPM) for Political Communication Shahbaz Gill said the Murree administration was working to clear all roads and save stranded tourists.
“Heavy snowfall caused the incident because it was unprecedented and beyond all expected estimates,” Gill said in a post on PTI’s official Twitter account.
Pakistan’s meteorological department had predicted heavy snowfall in Murree and Galiyat from January 6 to 9.
Meanwhile, opposition leader and PML-N chairman Shehbaz Sharif asked who was responsible for the deaths.
“Where do you identify the responsibility for these deaths? Where was the government all this time? What arrangements has he made to cope with such an influx? Incompetence quickly turns into criminality. the past, “he tweeted.