Sindh – 40 passengers were killed and more than 100 injured in the accident caused by the collision of two mail express trains in the Gotki district of the Sindh province. Fear of the increasing number of casualties is being expressed. The Prime Minister of Pakistan has expressed grief over the accident and has instructed the Minister for Railways to reach the spot immediately. The Prime Minister has also ordered the agencies to investigate this accident.
On Sunday, Milat Express derailed between the Reti and Obaro stations in the Gotki district of Sindh and collided with the Sir Sayed Express standing on the adjoining track. The Pakistan media reported that 40 people were killed in the accident. Seeing the severity of the accident, fears are being expressed that the number of casualties may increase.
The Pakistan military and the rescue teams immediately reached the accident spot. The injured are being treated in the nearby hospitals. Many are still trapped under the debris and desperate efforts are being made to rescue them. Heavy equipment has been ordered for the purpose. Pakistan’s Minister for Railways has reached the spot and ordered a preliminary inquiry into the accident. The accident has affected railway services in Pakistan.
Meanwhile, there have been a large number of train mishaps in Pakistan over the last decade. In 2005, 130 people had died in a train accident in the Gotki district of Sindh. In 2019, 70 people died in the fire on a train in the Punjab province. Whereas, in 2020, a running train had crashed into a passenger bus killing 19 people.
The railway tracks in Pakistan are in a dangerous state. One of the investigations had pinpointed this as the main cause of railway accidents. However, the issue has once again come on the anvil with this accident.