16 killed, 90 injured as Akbar Express train hits fright train

SADIQABAD:Sixteen people were killed and 90 others injured, some of them seriously, when Akbar Express train hit a parked freight train at Walhar Railway Station near Sadiqabad in the wee hours of Thursday.

The train was on journey from Rawalpindi to Quetta when it hit the cargo train at 4:30 am. The train’s engine and six bogies were completely damaged in the accident. The rescue teams, police and volunteers rushed to the scene and performed rescue operation.

The injured were rushed to Tehsil Headquarters Hospital Sadiqabad and Sheikh Zayed Hospital in Rahim Yar Khan, where emergency was declared.

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has expressed his profound grief over loss of lives in a train accident at Walhar Station near Sadiqabad. He expressed sympathy with the families of the victims who lost their lives and prayed for early recovery of the injured persons. Shah has also expressed profound grief and sorrow over the death of senior Journalist and anchorperson Attar Rajar. In his condolence message, the chief minister said that Rajar was a seasoned newsman who had considerable grip and knowledge of the socio-political issues of the province.

Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has expressed his profound grief over loss of lives in Sadiqabad train accident. The PPP chairman said that he had been gripped with deep pain and anguish after he came to know about the tragedy. “It is an unbearable loss to the aggrieved families,” he said in a statement.

He demanded that the government should immediately announce relief and compensation to the families affected. The PPP chairman criticized the Railways Minister on his failure in devising flawless strategy for the prevention of such repeated tragic incidents. Bilawal held the Railways Minister responsible for the train accidents and demanded that enquiry against him should be initiated instantly.

He said he has come to know that the Railways Minister hasn’t ensured supply of required tools and materials for the repair of tracks that have been ruined during accidents.

Bilawal demanded that the Railways Minister Shaikh Rasheed Ahmed should step down till the completion of enquiries on the accidents. He asked that the Prime Minister who always demanded resignations from his rivals should now also ask his Minister to immediately step down.