Quetta Civil Hospital tragedy: SC releases inquiry report


ISLAMABAD, Dec 15 (APP): Supreme Court of Pakistan on Thursday
released judicial commission report on Quetta Civil Hospital tragedy which claimed more than 70 lives.
On August 8, a powerful explosion ripped through Civil Hospital in Quetta when Balochistan Bar Association President Bilal Kasi’s body was being brought to the emergency department.
Kasi was gunned down in target killing earlier that day.
An inquiry commission, formed by the apex court under Article
184 (3) of the Constitution, issued its detailed report on the incident on Thursday, taking 56 days to finalise the 110 page report and making 18 recommendations. The report was made by one member commission comprising Justice Qazi Faez Isa.
The commission called for authorities to expedite the distribution of the amount earmarked as compensation for the legal heirs of the deceased.
Action should be taken against those broadcasting statements of banned organisations and terrorists, the report suggested.
The report requested that Anti Terrorism Act should be implemented
immediately and action be taken against banned organisations.
The report also recommended that for public awareness lists should be made both in English and Urdu of terrorist organizations and their members, adding information regarding terrorists must be uploaded on websites of interior ministry, NACTA and information ministry.
The report stated that forensic tools were not being used to aid in tracing the perpetrators of terrorist attacks, and rudimentary methodologies to examine crime scenes, etcetera, have not been developed or standardised.