A court has directed Multan police to register a case of the plane crash happened just three minute after it took off from Multan Airport on July 10, 2006, leaving 46 people including the crew members dead.

An additional and sessions judge issued order on a petition filed by one Shahbaz Gurmani, requesting the court to issue order for registration of case against those responsible for the crash.

The petitioner stated in his application that the crash took place due to criminal negligence of PIA high-ups as a plane which was declared flying coffin was used for transportation purpose. The court directed Multan Cantonment police to register the case and gather entire material relating to the case till next hearing.

Meanwhile, the activists of Justice and Peace Commission (JPC) staged a demonstration to mark International Day for the Abolition of Slavery outside Multan Press Club on Wednesday.

Dozens of labourers and civil society activists joined the demo and shouted slogans against bonded labour. The protesters demanded the government to ratify the ILO’s Forced Labour Protocol to bring a real change in the lives of the people who are trapped in modern slavery.

Addressing the protesters, JPC chairperson Violet Sampoor, Ashraf Qurashi, Naveed Jeeva, Naeem Haroon, Emmanuel Asi, Razia, Hafzeeba, Fiaz Amin and Hyacinth Peter pointed out that bonded labour had become a highly profitable business. They added that approximately 21 million people were victims of forced labour around the world, generating approximately $150 billion a year in illicit profits, according to ILO evaluations.

They further pointed out that the forced labour comes in different forms, including debt bondage, trafficking and other forms of modern slavery. “The victims are the most vulnerable – women and girls forced into prostitution, migrants trapped in debt bondage, and sweatshop or farm workers kept there by clearly illegal tactics and paid little or nothing,” they regretted.