Activist approaches court, says Askari park poses a threat to the public

July 19, 2018





A social activist filed a petition with the Sindh High Court on Thursday, saying that the Askari Amusement Park poses a threat to the lives of the public.

The petition demands that a detailed reply be sought from the park administration regarding the tall rides. It pointed out that the part administration has no facility for urgent medical treatment in case of emergencies.

The park administration, Karachi Mayor Wasim Akhtar and the Sindh government have been named as respondents in the petition, among others.

It is illegal to wipe out a greenbelt and operate a park for commercial purposes without obtaining a no-objection certificate, states the petition. It added that the park should not be reopened, pointing out how it is mandatory to have 300 yards of empty space around tall rides.

The petitioner demanded that all illegal rides installed at the park be removed and the commercial use of the site be stopped. Trees should be planted and entry to the park should be free of charge, said the petition.

Kashaf, a 10-year-old girl, died on the spot when a ride fell late Sunday night at the park located in Old Sabzi Mandi. At least 18 others were injured. The park administration fled the scene after the incident and people took it upon themselves to take the injured persons to nearby medical facilities.

The park was sealed for the public after the incident.

The PIB police registered a case against the administration of the Askari Amusement Park on behalf of the state on Monday. The FIR does not nominate anyone by name. It includes sections pertaining to unintended murder and negligence.

East-I Investigations SSP Umar Tufail is now heading the investigation. According to him, they summoned the contractors and staff members operating the ride to record their statements on Wednesday.

The statements of three people injured on Sunday have been recorded.

On the other hand, the deputy commissioner formed a team of his own to look into the matter.