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Payment of compensation to crash victims' heirs: PHC grants time to government, Air Blue's administration

The Peshawar High Court here on Tuesday granted time to Federal Government and administration of Air Blue airline to pay compensation amount to victims of the deadly crash in Islamabad on July 28, 2010. A two-member bench of PHC comprising Chief Justice Dost Muhammad Khan and Justice Fasihul Mulk granted 45 days to Federal Government and three months to the management of Airblue for provision of compensation to bereaved families of 152 victims.

Taking strong exception to non payment to Airblue crash victims, the Court ordered the Federal Government to nominate a judge for compilation/preparation of documents, succession certificates and other relevant records to complete modalities of payment within a month and complete payment process to heirs of bereaved families within 45 days without further delay.

The Court also ordered the airblue administration to provide compensation to victims within three months and in case of failure, show-cause notice would be issued against them and Civil Aviation Authorities (CIA) would be ordered to cancel its license. The court passed the orders after submission of Enquiry Report of Airblue plane tragic crash.

The Court was told that Federal Government has already provided Rs 500,000 per family of 40 victims while Rs 5.5 million per family of 66 victims have been paid by Airblue.

As per the enquiry report, the tragic incident occurred due to negligence of pilot and bad weather etc. Former MNA, Marvi Memon had filed a writ petition on behalf of the victims family members praying the court to direct the government for constituting an independent board of inquiry to determine and make public the causes of this fatal accident and also pay compensation to the members of the bereaved families.

Federation of Pakistan, Ministry of Defense, National Disaster Management Commission, National Disaster Management Authority, Civil Aviation Authority, Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences, Ministry of Interior, Capital Development Authority and management of Airblue are respondents in the case.

Copyright Associated Press of Pakistan, 2011