The general attitude of finding excuses is reflected in Interior Minister Rehman Malik’s explanation that the fire in Karachi factory could be an act of terrorists. This attempt to explain away the accident should be condemned strongly given the loss of life resulting from blatant disregard on the part of the factory administration for safety measures. One wonders if this is an attempt to let off the owners who also are busy concocting the events. They have also been seen blaming the fire-fighting department for reaching late. Little mention is being made of the absence of fire extinguishing equipment, emergency exits or ventilation system and besides reports have emerged pointing to faulty wiring that went up in flames because of electricity theft. Minister of Commerce and Industry Rauf Siddiqui has resigned while raising questions about whether there will be an impartial inquiry. To hush up the truth would mean we have no remorse. If that is how we respond to national disasters, it is not hard to fathom the depths of moral bankruptcy we have fallen into. What is even more alarming is that the authorities are now planning to demolish the building which would cover up the mystery once and for all. At the end of the day, this will set a bad precedent for rest of the industry, a large part of which is being run in violation of safety rules.