LAHORE -

The fire-affected directorates of Lahore Development Authority will resume work at LDA Johar Town office from Monday (today).

LDA Director General Dr Ijaz Munir has directed the officers concerned to get back to work for reorganisation. He was chairing a meeting at LDA office Johar Town on Sunday which was attended by Additional Director General (HQ), LDA Mariam Kayani and other officers concerned.

On May 9, five days after Pakistan observed World Firefighters Day, fire swept LDA plaza on Edgerton Road, killing more than two dozen people in Lahore. TV footage and photos showed fire forcing people to jump (to death) from a 13-storey building.

On May 11, Chief Minister Najam Sethi has constituted an inquiry committee headed by Communication and Works Secretary Abid Javed to probe the LDA Plaza fire. The committee will submit its report to the Chief Minister within three days.

Nayyar Ali Dada, Akbar Ali, Haroon Rafique, Ghulam Sarwar, Prof Dr Muhammad Ilyas and Prof Dr Zahid Ahmad Siddique were named as committee members. Javed said that eyewitness or citizens having any information about the incident can appear before the inquiry committee on Sunday from 9pm to 3pm at the office of Communication and Works Department Old Anarkali for recording statement. The same day, An LDA spokesman rejected rumours about the burning of record of Metro Bus Service and property in the Egerton Road tragedy. “Citizens needn’t worry as property record is safe at Johar Town LDA Office and the MBS data is safe at Tepa Office.”

The fire was put out more than 20 hours hectic efforts.

On April 23, two children burnt alive and another wounded critically when a shack caught fire near the Expo Centre in Johar Town. On May 7, five-year-old girl died and her two-year-old brother sustained burns as their house caught fire in the Shafiqabad area. The same day, fire consumed a shop in Iqbal Town area because of short- circuit.

In September 2012, twin factory fires in Lahore and Karachi killed more than 250, bringing the lack of fire safe steps to the spotlight. Following the tragedy, authorities were successful in defending their foot-dragging while factory administration went unpunished.

The hue and cry by the labour rights champions for fire safety measures too subsided soon. On May 4, Pakistan mark the International Firefigherters Day when Punjab Emergency Service Director General Dr Rizwan led a flag march in Lahore. Smilar functions were held across the country.

Youth killed for property 

A 25-years-old youth was killed over property dispute in the Ravi Road area, police said on Sunday.

They said the deceased identified as Muhammad Naeem, resident of Ittehad Colony, had a property dispute with a local resident Abbas. On Sunday, Abbas barged into the house of Naeem and opened indiscriminate fire leaving him injured. He was shifted to a hospital where he succumbed to his injuries, police added.  The body was sent to morgue for autopsy. Police registered a case against accused and started investigation with no arrest yet.