Dangerous Past

Breaking news tells of an explosion in the adjoining city of Rawalpindi that has injured at least three people in the food street. Early news reports say that the explosion took place at a construction site where laborers struck an old, buried explosivve device left over from the Ojhri Camp incident nearly twenty years ago.

For those of you who are unaware of the incident, on April 10th 1088 the Ojhri Camp Military Depot, Rawalpindi, exploded resulting in widespread destruction. The missiles and projectiles that rain down on the twin cities as a result of the detonation left 30 dead, officials say, but independent estimates claim the figure was much higher.

Is there anything more tragic than realizing that despite the highly publicized clean up operations and government claims of all stray shells being diffused, something like this can happen and innocent people’s lives are at risk? Unlike the norm these days, the blame for this incident cannot be laid at the doors of a fanatic yet, history dictates that the incident will be lost in a volley of finger pointing and shifting of responsibility from one hand to the other till something else happens to distract them.

1 Comment so far

  1. Nosheen (unregistered) on February 17th, 2007 @ 12:07 pm

    if i can recall properly there was no detailed result after the investigation of the incident in 1988 explaining sufficiently who was responsible for mis handling ,carelessness that resulted in to a big tragedy .but it was said that after the incident few of the missiles are still buried under the soils.although there was a drive of collecting the shells and remains ,un exploded missiles back but some of teh people even took the remians to homes for their collections of antiques.well the rawalpindi incident can be termed as a misfortune for the poor victims of the incident.

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