At least 51 people were killed and nearly 100 others injured on Monday after two passenger trains collided near Daharki, district Ghotki of Sindh province, according to officials.
The death toll rose after the recovery of 11 more bodies.
Rescue work continued till night. Rescue workers are accompanied by Pakistan Army and Rangers troops.
Railway officers trading blames
Who is responsible for the train accident in Dahrki? Railway officials are blaming each other’s.
Deputy Superintendent of Railways Sukkur Tariq Latif said that the railway track is quite old. He wrote to the top officials of the department several times to take action, but nothing happened.
The Chief Engineer’s letter dated June 4 also came to light, in which hr wrote to DS Railway Sukkur that you have been provided all the resources for repair, more machines, money and equipment have been provided than the approved budget, why you have not started the repair work yet despite getting all the resources ?
The letter said that your incompetence could lead to a major accident at any time.
Chairman Railways said that the fault of this railway track of Sukkur division is known, ML One is its permanent solution. But unfortunately it was delayed due to technical reasons.
Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Hussain Chaudhry on Monday informed the National Assembly that an inquiry had been ordered into the tragic train accident under the Railways Act 1890.
“The Federal Government Inspector for Railways is reaching at the site for investigating the cause of derailment and to assess damage and fix the responsibility,” he said while speaking in the House.
Federal Minister Aminul Haq has said that Rs 5 million each should be paid to the families of those killed in the railway accident.
Sindh chief minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has directed provincial minister Sohail Anwar Siyal to reach Ghotki and suprvise the rescue and relief work.