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Letter: Save the lives  at Gadani

No one denies the fact that Gadani is one of the largest ship-breaking yards in the world. The Gadani yards stretch about 10 kilometers along a stretch of coast with a hostile terrain to the rear and poor road connections to the nearest large habitation of Gadani town for which they are named. Currently they employ around 6,000 workers directly with at least the same number employed as ancillaries.

Last year in November 25 people were killed and at least 58 injured when a ship’s fuel tank at Gadani ship-breaking yard had exploded, resulting in a deadly fire. But it is painful to mention that no lesson was learned from that critical accident where once again due to poor security and lack of facilities at least five workers were killed and several reported to be missing after a ship anchored at Gadani ship-breaking yard caught fire on Monday.

It is my humble request to the government to provide basic security and facilities to those employees who are working in Gadani yard to save their lives. It is hoped that the concerned authority will call a safe working condition at the shipbreaking yard. We will be thankful to the Chief Minister of Balochistan Sanaullah Zuhri if he takes notice of the incident and issues directives to take stern action against those who are responsible for these all.

 Muhammad Bakhtiyar

 Published in The Balochistan Point on January 12, 2017

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