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The fire tragedy

Stiff and unfair competition from unscrupulous rivals (who don’t pay taxes and steal electricity and gas) is one more reason why honest factory owners want to save as much as they can. And one way of doing it is by compromising on safety measures. As for labour directors’ and inspectors’ annual visits to factories, they are simply interested in enriching themselves and don’t bother about the possibility that their negligence can put lives at risk. 
Even if they are asked to explain why they did not point out the lack of safety measures in the factory, as is likely in the case of the recent tragedy, they will probably reply that they did not observe any major deviation from rules when they visited the factory and they can’t be held responsible for violations of rules after their visits.

Shakir Lakhani
Karachi
Published in The News, September 18, 2012

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