Murree snowfall was predicted on January 5: Why the government didn’t take precautions?
The Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry had tweeted about the influx of tourists in Murree, and the National Weather Centre of Pakistan had released a statement that read, “During the week, rainfall with snowfall over the hills is expected.” At the same time, the WCP predicted the possible impacts of the snowfall and stated that it might cause road closures. They also urged the authorities, “All concerned authorities are particularly advised to remain ALERT during the forecast period.”
On the other hand, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry tweeted, which was later deleted, “1 lakh cars have entered Murree, and the hotels have increased their rents. The increased hotel rent shows that aam admi ki Kamai mei azafa aur khushali mein izafa huwa hai.” However, the minister later deleted the tweet after January 8 Murree tragedy incident as he received backlash from Twitter users. Usman Ahmad(user: UsmanAhmad_iam) tweeted, “People have been warning the current govt about the pitfalls of their tourism drive for years, but they have constantly been labeled anti-nationalists.”
Shahid Afridi, in his tweet, also criticized the government’s efforts as he wrote, “Murree incident is unfortunate. God forgive the inadequate management arrangements. Alerts and warnings are not taken seriously.” During a Twitter space, another journalist, Ihtisham Ul Haq, said, “Most of the politicians have their houses in the Galliyat, why did not they open doors for the tourists? Why don’t they help the people?”