Millions in losses expected as fire rages in Lahore’s main electronics market 

Firefighters try to extinguish a fire that broke out in a four-storey commercial building that houses mobile, laptop and electronics plaza in Lahore on October 18, 2020. (AFP)
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Updated 18 October 2020

Millions in losses expected as fire rages in Lahore’s main electronics market 

  • With over 100 shops, Hafeez Center is a popular haunt for tech aficionados and customers
  • Rescue efforts have been underway for hours

ISLAMABAD: A massive fire which erupted Sunday morning in Lahore’s main electronics market, Hafeez Center, continues to rage despite rescue efforts-- with millions of rupees worth of equipment inside.

The centrally located multi-floor market has over a hundred shops and is a popular haunt for gadget aficionados and customers looking to buy and sell phones, laptops and accessories-- as well as getting quick fixes for any tech trouble.

Rescue efforts have been underway for hours, with a number of officials reaching the site of the fire, including the city commissioner, the deputy commissioner and provincial health minister. 

The chief minister of Punjab province, Usman Buzdar, took note of the incident and ordered an inquiry into the cause of the fire.

“Priority should be given to rescuing people stuck inside,” he said and directed an “immediate investigation” into the incident, as per the Government of Punjab Twitter page.

Local media reported the flames first erupted on the second floor of the building, which is usually near-empty on Sundays with most shops closed.

No casualties have been reported and the cause of the fire is still unknown.


Zimbabwe cricket team arrives in Pakistan after five years

Updated 28 min 38 sec ago

Zimbabwe cricket team arrives in Pakistan after five years

  • Pakistan will face Zimbabwe in three one-day internationals to be held in Rawalpindi from Oct 30
  • Three T20 internationals will be held between the two teams in Lahore from November 7

ISLAMABAD: The Zimbabwe cricket team arrived in Islamabad after five years on Tuesday to play two limited overs series against Pakistan, the Pakistan Cricket Board said.

Pakistan will face Zimbabwe in three one-day internationals to be held in Rawalpindi from Oct 30, followed by three T20 internationals in Lahore that begin on November 7.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) officials welcomed the visiting team at the Islamabad airport, from where they were taken to a safe location for a week of quarantine.

The Pakistan squad includes Babar Azam, Haider Ali, Abdullah Shafiq, Imamul Haq, Haris Sohail, Abid Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Rizwan, Iftikhar Ahmed, Faheem Ashraf, Imad Wasim, Rohail Nazir, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Mohammad Hasnain, Haris Rauf, Musa Khan, Wahab Riaz, Usman Qadir, and Zafar Gohar.