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Pakistan mourns tragic deaths in Murree blizzard

PM Imran Khan said he has ordered an inquiry into the matter and was putting in place a "strong regulation" to ensure prevention of such tragedies in the future

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Pakistan mourns tragic deaths in the Murree blizzard on Saturday.

Murree was declared calamity hit following the death of at least 21 people after heavy snow trapped them in their vehicles as tens of thousands of visitors thronged the city.

Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that he was shocked and upset at the tragic deaths of tourists on road to Murree.

Read more: 21 dead after thousands of tourists left stranded as routes to Murree closed amid heavy snowfall


In a tweet on Saturday, he said that the unprecedented snowfall and rush of people proceeding without checking weather conditions caught the district administration unprepared.

“Shocked & upset at tragic deaths of tourists on road to Murree. Unprecedented snowfall & rush of ppl proceeding without checking weather conditions caught district admin unprepared. Have ordered inquiry & put in place strong regulation to ensure prevention of such tragedies,” he tweeted.

Punjab government has imposed an emergency in the region, declaring it a calamity-hit area. 

Five platoons of Army and personnel of Rangers and Frontier Corps have been summoned in for the rescue operation as local administrations crumbed in face of the daunting situation.

 

On the other hand, the blame game continues on social media, igniting a debate whether it was sheer negligence of the citizens or mismanagement of the authorities.

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Saman Siddiqui, A freelance journalist with a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication and MS in Peace and Conflict Studies. Associated with the media industry since 2006. Experience in various capacities including Program Host, Researcher, News Producer, Documentary Making, Voice Over, Content Writing Copy Editing, and Blogging, and currently associated with OyeYeah since 2018, working as an Editor.