Out of these 74, the Ministry reported that 24 occurred due to freight trains derailing while another 20 occurred at unsupervised railway crossings, which means more than half the accidents were a result of human error. 19 accidents occurred due to passenger trains derailing while 3 others were caused by fire.
The PTI government has also reportedly done nothing to improve the state of affairs of Pakistan Railways, with ML-1 track that is considered to be “the lifeline of Pakistan Railways” has completed more than 50% of its life.
In the past year, there have been two major train incidents in Pakistan. One resulted in the death of three and several others injured because a passenger train crashed into a freight car. The second tragedy resulted in 21 killed and 85 injured in yet another collision between trains.
Now, the latest train track accident has resulted in the deaths of over 60 civilians, with dozens more injured, as a cylinder blasted and set 3 bogies on fire on a Tezgam train heading to Rawalpindi from Karachi.
All heads have turned towards Railway Minister Sheikh Rasheed who, instead of taking accountability for his negligence towards improving security and infrastructure of Pakistan Railways, blamed the passengers for bringing gas cylinders for cooking on board. Many are arguing that while gas cylinders are a prohibited item, it was the responsibility of railway security to take care of the matter.
Following the incident and Sheikh Rasheed’s response as well as repeated pattern of negligence, the public is calling for his resignation as Railway Minister.
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