Ordering comprehensive investigation into railway safety faultlines: PM Imran

ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) - Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday said that he is shocked by the horrific train accident at Ghotki which left 35 passengers dead.

The premier further said that he has asked Railway Minister to reach site of the accident and ensure medical assistance to injured and support for families of the dead.

PM Imran has also said a comprehensive investigation into railway safety fault-lines have been ordered.

It merits mention that at least 35 persons were killed and over 50 other were injured when Millat Express and Sir Syed Express collided in the wee hours of Monday near Daharki, a city in Ghotki District in the Sindh.

According to spokesperson of Pakistan Railways, several bogies of Millat Express, which left Daharki Railway Station at 3:25 am, derailed and fell on the other track. Sir Syed Express, coming from opposite direction, collided with these bogies at about 3:45 am. The incident took place between the Raiti and Obaro railway stations.

The spokesperson, exclusively talking with Dunya News, said that further details about the incident will come to light after initial investigation; however, rescue operation is underway and additional teams have also been dispatched from Lahore.

Meanwhile, troops of Pakistan Army and Pakistan Rangers Sindh have also reached the spot to assist the civil administration in the operation. The bodies are being shifted to nearby hospitals.

An emergency has been declared at hospitals in adjacent areas and doctors and paramedical staff had been called on duty.