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CM Murad removes DC, suspends other officials


Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah on Saturday removed Dadu Deputy Commissioner Samiullah Shaikh from his post, besides suspending District Health Officer Dr Abdul Hameed Shaikh and Assistant Commissioner Mehar Faheem Lakhair over the tragic fire incident in the district that claimed lives of nine children and a woman and destroyed a whole village of 120 homes.

The chief minister also appointed Syed Murtaza Shah as the new deputy commissioner of the district and directed him to take urgent measures for the restoration of the village and welfare of the villagers.

In his visit to the site a day after the incident, Murad had ordered an inquiry under Secretary Home Saeed Mangnejo and announced compensation for the affected families.

On Thursday, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif directed the authorities concerned to conduct a thorough probe into the blaze.

Also read: Dadu fire exposes Sindh govt performance

An initial report on the incident was submitted to the premier and he vowed to take strict action if negligence was the cause for the incident.

He had also ordered a total of Rs10 million for the heirs of the deceased as well as those injured in the incident, and directed the district government to extend support to the victim families.

The PM had also instructed the administration to take solid measures to avert the occurrence of such incidents in the future.

According to the villagers, there were no fire engines available to reach the spot. There is also reportedly only one fire station in Mehar Town but there are no fire tenders available.

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