KARACHI: Mutahidda Qaumi Movement (MQM) on Sunday said that Karachi was burning while leaders keep on sleeping and now all those who lost their property and goods in the timber market fire were now begging for assistance.
MQM leader Qamar Mansoor said that PPP government now here existed to take prompt action in getting blaze at Karachi’s timber market doused that erupted on Saturday night.Goods worth millions of rupees were reduced to ashes in the blaze.
All those who lost their property and goods in the timber market fire were now begging for assistance, said the MQM leader Qamar Mansoor at a press conference here.
He asked whether the chief minister and information minister will tender their resignations on the matter.” Karachi was burning while leaders keep on sleeping,” he said.
Mansoor regretted that fire brigade officials were also sacked from their jobs. “Four fire dousers bought recently by the administration have gone out of order,” he said. There is no existence of disaster management system to cope with such emergency situations, he added.
He demanded allocation of funds for revamping city’s fire department.Speaking on the occasion, MQM senior leader Farooq Sattar said neither the Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah nor Information Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon approached the affectees to inquire about the losses and heal their wounds.
He said the clamour for separate province might grow louder in their plights were not resolved and addressed.
Earlier, a fire that swept into a local timber market in Karachi’s Old Haji Camp in the wee hours of Sunday was tended by fire fighters, DawnNews reported.
The process of cooling was under way. No casualties have been reported as yet.
The fire was rated a category three and had spread over a large area, engulfing nearby buildings in the densely populated locality.
At least six fire tenders had been called in to douse the blaze which had spread to the nearby residential Soomro Gali and surrounding shops.
Eyewitnesses said that the fire initially started in one building shortly after midnight, but quickly spread to dozens of nearby buildings.
The local residents came out of their houses following an emergency announcement from the local mosque, but some people were said to have been trapped inside their buildings due to the flames.
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