LAHORE - A high-powered inquiry team constituted under the supervision of Additional IG CID to probe into incident of collapse of Rawalpindi's biggest shopping mall, Gakhar Plaza, has ruled out the possibility of terrorism as a cause of the tragedy. According to the findings of the inquiry report submitted to the Punjab Chief Minister Mian Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, electric short-circuit was the main reason behind the fire which later spread rapidly due to highly flammable stuff stored by the shopkeepers. Reliable sources said that the report also highlighted negligence of Rawalpindi Cantonment Board, which allowed construction of two additional stories on the plaza violating the by-laws, thereby, making the whole structure weak and liable to collapse. The report states that the flame further weakened the structure causing complete collapse. It may be recalled that the six-storey Ghakar plaza, housing around 1000 shops, was reduced to rubbles on December 20, 2008 after fire erupted in the building claiming lives of around 18 people including four officials of Rescue 1122. Anjuman-e-Tajran Cantonment had estimated a loss of around Rs15 to Rs20 billion. The team, comprising senior police officers of the Crime Investigation Department (CID), a premium provincial agency to fight against terrorism and ensure peace and order in the province, was constituted and assigned the task to probe into the fire incident after some experts suspected sabotage. The inquiry team paid frequent visit to the site along with officers and experts of concerned agencies and departments including the Bomb Disposable Squad. The police officers collected samples from various spots within the plaza and sent to the FIA-run laboratory in Islamabad. The report submitted to the chief minister Punjab was based upon experts' opinion, analysis of the laboratory reports and information gleaned from various concerned departments regarding building material and construction work. The report said, initially Ghakar plaza's construction was approved for four stories only. But the plaza administration later added two more floors, which was approved the concerned department of the cantonment board. The approval for constructing two more floors was in naked violation of the rules causing extra burden on the foundations of the plaza. Resultantly, the whole building collapsed after the fire eruption, the report added. A senior officer who was part of the inquiry team told this scribe that fire incidents in the buildings usually damage valuables, furniture and other items but collapse of whole the building due to fire rarely happen saying, "A building reduces to ashes only when it is detonated with explosive material or due to serious violation of building plans". Giving reference to the suicide attack in the Lahore Headquarter of FIA at Regal Chowk, the police officer said that the terrorists hit explosive-laden vehicle with the multi-storey building of FIA but it did not collapse despite the fact that hundreds kg explosive material was used in the terrorism act. About the cause of fire eruption, he said it was due to short-circuiting and spread rapidly due to highly inflammable commodities that were kept in abundance in the plaza. He said that most of the shopkeepers were running business of ready-made garments, cosmetics, gift items, electronics and jewellery. A large number of electric generators installed by the shopkeepers due to unscheduled loadshedding also caused the rapid spread of fire in the plaza, he added.