At least 16 individuals were killed while 84 others were injured when a passenger train, the Akbar Express, slammed into a cargo train at the Walhar Railway Station in Sadiqabad on Thursday morning, authorities said.
Rahim Yar Khan Deputy Commissioner (DC) Jamil Ahmed Jamil said all travelers onboard the train, which was headed for Quetta, had been expelled from the destruction and track clearance tasks were in progress.
Prior, Jamil had said that overwhelming apparatus was being utilized to evacuate travelers who were stuck in the train, including that they were being furnished with sustenance and water.
A police representative said that police, salvage authorities and other applicable offices were occupied in the salvage tasks. Experts said the Pakistan Army was additionally participating in the salvage endeavors.
He said that ambulances from different districts in the region had begun achieving the site of the episode so as to shift the harmed to DHQ Sadiqabad and Sheik Zayed Hospital in Rahim Yar Khan.
The representative said that when they got information about the accident, Sadiqabad ASP Dr Hafeezur Rehman Bugti and a huge unforeseen of police had achieved the site of the episode.
Rahim Yar Khan DPO Umar Farooq Salamat said that dependent on introductory reports, when the sign changed on the track, the traveler train went on to the circle line where a cargo train was stopped bringing about the mishap.
PM Imran Khan offered his sympathies to the groups of the people in question.
Have asked Railways Minister to find a way to counter many years of disregard of railroad foundation [and] guarantee security norms,” he composed.
Minister for Railways Sheik Rashid Ahmad additionally communicated distress over the loss of valuable lives brought about by the mishap.
Rashid said that the accident seemed to have occurred due to human negligence. He said that he had issues orders for a top-level investigation concerning the episode.
He declared pay of Rs1.5 million for the groups of the perished and Rs0.5 million each for the harmed.
The minister said that the general director of Pakistan Railways and other applicable authorities had been sent to the site of the mishap, including that salvage activities were in progress with the assistance of the district administration.
“I am reviewing the accident [and] I have told railway officials to speed up rescue and relief operations,” Rashid said. He said that he would issue a more detailed statement later on.
As indicated by a representative for Pakistan Railways, a data cell has been set up in Sukkur division for the groups of those harmed and slaughtered in the mishap.
Call for accountability
While expressing pain over the occurrence, PPP Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that Rashid was “completely dependable” for train mishaps and required a request against the minister.
He said that until the request was finished, Rashid ought to resign from his post.
In an announcement shared on Twitter by the PPP, Bilawal stated: “Train mishaps are beginning to end up a schedule, the railroads’ minister can’t do anything.”
The PPP head said that he was educated that since Rashid had turned into the minister he had not given the provisions required to the fixes of railroad tracks.
Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif additionally communicated pain over the mishap and said feeble railroad tracks and lack of common sense were turning into the reason for mishaps, which he said was heartbreaking.
He said that action should be taken against those responsible for the incident today.
In light of Prime Minister Imran’s message of sadness about the episode, legal advisor and extremist Jibran Nasir stated: “Expressing sorrow alone won’t fix things.”
He called for the removal of the railways minister.
PML-N pioneer Maryam Nawaz likewise shared a post on Twitter to express sadness over the occurrence.
“The ineptitude [and] lost needs spell catastrophe as well as death for Pakistanis. Nobody is concerned. Nobody is concerned. Insensitivity is shocking,” she composed.