At the least 16 individuals have been killed and more than 80 injured when Quetta-bound Akbar Express collided with a freight practice in Rahim Yar Khan district on Thursday.
The accident occurred at Walhar practice station close to Sadiqabad and rescue operations to retrieve survivors and our bodies commenced instantly.
All hospitals in Sadiqabad and Rahim Yar Khan have been placed on alert as victims and survivors have been introduced in massive numbers.
The demise toll is prone to rise because the situation of no less than three to 4 passengers is alleged to be crucial.
TV footage from the positioning confirmed the closely broken train engine and carriages, as emergency staff and native individuals used metal-cutting instruments and heavy cranes.
“It appears this triggered by a delayed sign. For the time being we have no idea how the passenger train ended up on the loop line,” mentioned Rahim Yar Khan DPO Umer Salamat.
One other senior authorities official advised AFP that the passenger train coming from Lahore rammed into the products train that had stopped at a crossing.
Condolences and criticism
President Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed grief and sorrow over the lack of lives and ordered provision of absolute best medical remedy to the injured.
In a tweet, PM Imran mentioned he has requested the railways minister to take “emergency steps to counter a long time of neglect of railway infrastructure and guarantee security requirements”.
Saddened to study of train accident in Sadiqabad. My condolences to the victims households and prayers for the speedy restoration of the injured. Have requested Railways Minister to take emergency steps to counter a long time of neglect of railway infrastructure & guarantee security requirements.
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) July 11, 2019
Railways Minister Sheikh Rasheed supplied his condolences and mentioned an investigation has been launched.
Opposition lawmaker Bilawal Bhutto Zardari expressed grief over the lack of lives and urged the federal government to announce financial help for the affected households.
He was additionally swift in demanding that the railways minister be held accountable for the tragic accident. “Railway accidents proceed to be a routine [in Pakistan] and the minister accountable will not be doing something about it. There must be an inquiry towards the minister since he’s answerable for these accidents,” mentioned the chairman of the Paksitan Peoples Party.
“PM Imran Khan has been happy with his determination to give this ministry to Sheikh Rasheed. The choice has backfired. The railways ministry is as inept as this authorities and public lives are in jeopardy – will the PM now ask for the minister’s resignation?”
‘384 accidents since 2014’
Prepare accidents are widespread in Pakistan, the place the railways have seen a long time of decline on account of corruption, mismanagement and lack of funding.
A Nationwide Meeting standing committee was just lately advised that there have been 384 train accidents in Pakistan since 2014: 74 in 2018-19, 67 in 2017-18, 78 in 2016-17, 76 in 2015-16, and 89 accidents in 2014-15.
Most just lately, on June 20, three individuals have been killed when Jinnah Express, travelling from Karachi to Lahore, crashed into a parked cargo train in Hyderabad.