Last update: Thu, 08 Dec 2016 02pm

General News: Pakistan


A plane belonging to Pakistan's national carrier crashed on Wednesday with 48 people on board, apparently killing all of them, police and an airline spokesman said. According to senior police officer Khurram Rasheed, the plane crashed in a village near the town of Havelian, located about 75 kilometers (45 miles) north-west of Islamabad. The small twin-propeller aircraft was travelling from the city of Chitral to Islamabad when it crashed shortly after takeoff.
Chairman Pakistan International Airline (PIA), Muhammad Azam Saigol has confirmed that all the 48 passengers on board an Islamabad-bound flight, PK166, from Chitral have died. Addressing a press conference here Wednesday night, he said that there was no technical fault in the plane which was carrying 42 passengers and 6 crew members. He added that the PIA has purchased the French made passenger plane in 2007 and since then it had been in use which traveled a total of 18,740 hours.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Wednesday directed the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) to ensure transportation of all the bodies of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane crash victims to one hospital for their recognition and further transportation. Soon after the tragedy, the Prime Minister directed the departments concerned to provide full emergency assistance to the family members regarding the whereabouts of the unfortunate passengers and keep him updated about the evolving situation on the continuous basis.
PIA Chairman Azam Saigol and CEO Bernd Hildenbrand have expressed deep grief and sorrow over the tragic incident involving crash of PIA's ATR-42 (AP-BHO) aircraft this afternoon and extended heartfelt condolences to the families of those who lost their lives. On their directions, as per international aviation requirement, an Emergency Response Centre has been established at PIA Headquarters Karachi from where senior PIA management has been monitoring the situation since the incident took place. An inquiry has also been ordered into the incident.
President Mamnoon Hussain Wednesday notified the appointment of Justice Saqib Nisar as Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) starting December 31. CJP Anwar Zaheer Jamali is set to retire by the end of the year. Justice Mian Saqib Nisar was born on January 18, 1954 in Lahore and obtained an undergraduate degree in law from University of Punjab. He practised in civil, commercial, tax and constitutional law and currently serving as a Judge in the Supreme Court of Pakistan.
Finally in Panamagate case, the Supreme Court on Wednesday sought option from the parties to the case over its plan to constitute a commission to ascertain facts about the ownership of the Sharif family's Mayfair properties in London. A five-member larger bench led by Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali observed that the court cannot announce a verdict on the basis of insufficient material produced by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's family so it would be appropriate to form a commission.
The Federation Wednesday assured the Supreme Court of holding long-delayed population census from March 15 to May 15, 2017 in the country. Disposing of a suo motu case over long-awaited population census, a two-member bench led by Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali said the failure in fulfilling commitment in the matter shall lead to contempt proceedings against the concerned officials and government.