In what appeared to be a political stunt, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz President Nawaz Sharif on behalf of the Punjab government announced Rs 0.3 million for all those affected by the deadly Karachi garments fire which killed some 289 people.

Terming the incident of Karachi factory fire as the worst tragic incident in the industrial history of the world, he expressed deep sorrow over the loss of lives during his visit to the factory in Baldia Town on Friday.

Although the money could never equal the loss of lives, he said it will slightly help the relatives and family members to survive.

Holding the factory owners and the government responsible for the incident, the PML-N leader called for an immediate inquiry and said that the culprits should be punished for their crimes.

Around 289 workers were suffocated or burnt alive at the Ali Enterprises garment factory in Karachi, which made ready-to-wear clothing for Western export, when a massive fire tore through the building during the evening shift on September 11.

It is vital to mention here that up to 600 people were working inside at the time, in a building that officials said was in poor condition without emergency exits.

Peoples started jumping from upper-storey to escape the flames, but trapping dozens in the basement where they perished.

He declared factory owners, government and the government office-bearers equally responsible for the loss of human lives in Karachi

Nawaz Sharif said, “Laws were present in the country but implementation was direly needed to avoid such incidents. It was binding upon the government to implement rules concerning factories in true spirit”.

The PML-N leader was of the opinion that factories using any type of chemical be shifted out of the municipal limits, adding that provincial governments must ensure implementation of Factory Act to avoid any untoward incidents.