KARACHI: Activities at the Customs House in Karachi resumed on Monday after they were suspended as a result of leakage of mysterious gas.
Staff of the Customs House as well as customs agents had shut down the businesses after four people fainted due to the gas. Chairman Customs Agents Association Arshad Jamal had said that on Sunday night a toxic gas leakage was detected which unexpectedly spread enormously.
“Some people vomited and some even fainted because of the gas, which spread panic in the Customs House. Collector Customs House had given the staff leave,” he said.
Source of the gas could not be detected as yet. However, activities at the Customs House were later resumed. The Chief Collector Customs in a statement said bank branch located at the Customs House had also reopened. He said building was opened and activities had 100 percent been restored after the Environmental Protection Agency cleared the Customs House.
Karachi Port Trust (KPT) Chairman Jameel Akhtar on Monday said no gas leakage was found within the limits of the KPT.
Addressing a press conference in Karachi regarding the mysterious gas leakage that killed six and affected about one hundred others, Jameel Akhtar said Pakistan Navy had taken samples of the gas and soon its report would be made public.
All the terminals had been checked at port but no leakage was found, he said adding that work at the port had resumed normally.
He said the rumours spreading on social media about source of the gas leakage were unfounded. He offered media to visit port terminals and berth to confirm.
Six people were killed and more than 100 affected in Karachi’s Keamari area on Sunday night after the mysterious gas leaked from unknown source.