KARACHI - The police have failed to make any arrest in the Karachi bus incident case. Neither DNA tests of the victims have been conducted nor had cause of the fire been asserted despite days of investigation.

Police investigators obtained samples of material from the Oil Tanker and sent it to the laboratory to ascertain cause of fire that claimed 67 lives. Police have traced drivers and owners of the bus and the tanker but were unable to make arrests.

According to the initial inquiry report the bus was registered in 2004 and its fitness certificate expired in 2005. The bus was on road with an expired route permit as well. The report further stated that a total of four coaches are plying on the road under the name of Geo al-Shoaib Coach Service but all four coaches have different owners. It is worth mentioning here that all concern departments including police, traffic police and transport juggled responsibility.

On the other hand, experts from the bomb disposal squad have reexamined the bus and the tanker on Wednesday to determine the cause of the fire. “It has been confirmed that the tanker contained some kind of inflammable material due to which the fire broke out.

Police is still trying to ascertain the kind of material as there wasn’t any CNG cylinder in the bus, said Investigations SP Malik Altaf.  Police has sent the samples to the PCSIR laboratory. SP Altaf said that report is expected within a week.

A team will reached Karachi from Islamabad today (Thursday) to collect the samples for DNA testing. He said that authorities were reluctant to sort out the issue and is depending upon Islamabad police forensic laboratory even though Karachi University has facilities to conduct DNA tests. Sources privy to the mater revealed that Karachi University have offered to conduct the tests of the bus victims but authorities seems reluctant to sort out the issue on immediate bases.