(Daily English TheNews Report published on December 6, 2010)
Five killed in Pindi car race
RAWALPINDI: The drag race festivity turned into a fatal tragedy in Rawalpindi as one of the competitors crushed five spectators when he lost control of the vehicle near the finish line on Sunday evening.
A RX-7 sports car driven by Majid Naeem (senior auditor PTCL) cartwheeled into the crowd after hitting a pole. The driver lost control, smashing his vehicle into the crowd of spectators, nearly ten feet away from the racing track.
Those who lost their lives in the accident include Baber Ali (Askari Bank), Asfandyar Ali (15-year son of Baber), Sohail Khan and his son Danyal Khan and Mohsin Javed (son of Col Javed). Majid Naeem (senior auditor PTCL) survived unhurt from the tragedy.
Some sources told The News that the son of one of the closest aides of former President Gen (R) Musharraf managed the car race after getting permission from the Rawalpindi administration.
SP (Sadar) Raja Javed when contacted, told this correspondent that he and sub divisional police officer (SDPO) rejected the application submitted by the race administration. “I am sure, the district administration rejected the application too and didn’t allow the car race,” the SP concluded.
(Dawn News Report published on December 6, 2010)
5 die as car ploughs into crowd of spectators
RAWALPINDI / GUJJAR KHAN, Dec 5: A car taking part in a race went out of control and ploughed into spectators standing along the race-track in Bahria Town’s Phase 8 on Sunday evening, killing five people and injuring four.
Rawalpindi Commissioner Zahir Saeed said the Bahria Town management had sought permission for the car race, but the district administration had rejected the plea.
He said that on Saturday the town management had sent a letter which said that it would hold the race in the jurisdiction of Islamabad because some part of the Bahria Town was in the federal capital territory.
“Despite having been refused permission, the Bahria Town administration held the race in the jurisdiction of Rawalpindi and now a case will be registered against it,” the commissioner said.
He said that none of heirs of the victims had so far contacted police for lodging a case because they were in deep shock due to the loss of their loved-ones.
Moving scenes were witnessed in Safari Hospital where the victims were brought in ambulances.
Those killed in the incident were identified as Suhail Khan, his 12-year-old son Danial Suhail; Babar Ali, his son Asfand; and Mohsin Jawaid, son of Col (retd) Jawaid.
“We were standing at the starting point of the race when the driver lost control and the vehicle jumped off the track and ploughed into the crowd of spectators,” Ghulam Khan, a security officer, told Dawn.
“It was total chaos. People were screaming and some were running away in panic to avoid the crashing car.” Preliminary police investigation suggested that a man identified as Majid who ran a remodelled car business, was driving the car.
He had especially modified his expensive car to take part in the race.
One of the spectators who gave his name as Shah said the organisers of the car race had charged Rs500 for a ticket for watching the race.
Another spectator, Abu Bakar, said that he was watching the race with three friends when the car smashed into them, injuring his friend Hamza.
At least five to six thousand spectators were reported to be at the place when the tragic incident happened.
According to police, efforts were under way to arrest the car driver Majid and the organiser of the event, Atif Sheikh
(Breaking News Daily English “TheNews” dated 5-12-2010)
RAWALPINDI: Four persons were killed and another seriously injured as a speedy car rammed into the crowd gathered on road side to witness a car race held here at Bahria Town Sunday.
According to police sources, a car race “EVO Nitro Speed Quest 2010” was organized at Bahria Town Phase-8. During the race, a driver of a car lost control during the race as a result it run over four people while another person sustained serious injuries.
The injured has been shifted to Safari Villa hospital for treatment, police added.
(Breaking News Samaa TV dated 5-12-2010)
ISLAMABAD: At least four persons have been killed and two others sustained injuries in a car race crash in Bahria Town on Sunday.
According to details, today evening a car race competition was arranged in Phase – VIII of Bahria Town, Islamabad to promote motor sports in the country.
During the race, one racing car turned out of control and crushed the spectators after hitting the safety railing.
The driver of the crashed car and three spectators died on the spot and two others sustained injuries.
The injured and the dead bodies were immediately moved to the hospital by the rescue teams.
The organizers of the race have told that the spectators were many times warned, during the race, to keep distance from the race track and not to get closer to the railing but they constantly ignored the warnings and stood so close to the safety fence which caused more damage to their lives. SAMAA