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  1. Devil Soul

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    14 killed, 79 injured in Sadiqabad train collision
    Amir Kayani | Adnan Sheikh | APUpdated July 11, 2019
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    A passenger train, the Akbar Express, collided with a freight train at the Walhar Railway Station in Sadiqabad on Thursday morning. — DawnNewsTV

    At least 14 people were killed while 79 others were injured when a passenger train, the Akbar Express, collided with a freight train at the Walhar Railway Station in Sadiqabad on Thursday morning, Rescue 1122 sources told DawnNewsTV.

    Rahim Yar Khan deputy commissioner (DC) Jamil Ahmed Jamil said all passengers, onboard the train headed to Quetta, had been removed from the train and track clearance operations were underway.

    Earlier, Jamil had said that heavy machinery was being used to remove passengers who were stuck in the train, adding that they were being provided with food and water.

    A police spokesperson said that police, rescue officials and other relevant agencies were busy in the rescue operations. Authorities said the Pakistan Army was also taking part in the rescue efforts.

    He said that ambulances from various areas in the district had started reaching the site of the incident in order to shift the injured to DHQ Sadiqabad and Sheikh Zayed Hospital in Rahim Yar Khan.

    The spokesperson said that as soon as they received information about the accident, Sadiqabad ASP Dr Hafeezur Rehman Bugti and a large contingent of police had reached the site of the incident.

    Rahim Yar Khan DPO Umar Farooq Salamat said that based on initial reports, when the signal changed on the track, the passenger train went on to the loop line where a freight train was parked resulting in the accident.

    Prime Minister Imran Khan offered his condolences to the families of the victims.


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    Imran Khan

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    Saddened to learn of train accident in Sadiqabad. My condolences to the victims families and prayers for the speedy recovery of the injured. Have asked Railways Minister to take emergency steps to counter decades of neglect of railway infrastructure & ensure safety standards.


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    In a post shared on Twitter, the premier offered prayers for the speedy recovery of the injured.

    "Have asked Railways Minister to take emergency steps to counter decades of neglect of railway infrastructure [and] ensure safety standards," he wrote.

    Minister for Railways Sheikh Rashid Ahmad also expressed grief over the loss of precious lives caused by the accident.

    Rashid said that the accident appeared to have occurred due to human negligence. He said that he had issues orders for a top-level investigation into the incident.

    He announced compensation of Rs1.5 million for the families of the deceased and Rs0.5 million each for the injured.

    The minister said that the general manager of Pakistan Railways and other relevant officials had been sent to the site of the accident, adding that rescue operations were underway with the help of the district administration.

    "I am reviewing the accident [and] I have told railway officials to speed up rescue and relief operations," Rashid said. He said that he would issue a more detailed statement later on.

    According to a spokesperson for Pakistan Railways, an information cell has been set up in Sukkur division for the families of those injured and killed in the accident.

    Call for accountability
    While expressing grief over the incident, PPP Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that Rashid was "fully responsible" for train accidents and called for an inquiry against the minister.

    He said that until the inquiry was completed, Rashid should resign from his post.

    In a statement shared on Twitter by the PPP, Bilawal said: "Train accidents are starting to become routine, the railways minister is unable to do anything."

    The PPP leader said that he was informed that since Rashid had become the minister he had not even provided the supplies required for the repairs of railway tracks.

    Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif also expressed grief over the accident and said weak railway tracks and poor planning were becoming the basis for accidents, which he said was unfortunate.

    He said that action should be taken against those responsible for the incident today.

    In response to Prime Minister Imran's message of grief about the incident, lawyer and activist Jibran Nasir said: "Expressing grief alone will not fix things."


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    Expressing grief alone will not fix things. In less than a year we have witnessed multiple accidents, dozens of lives lost, inhumane treatment by railway authorities of #KCR affectees. In trying to appease allies don't play with welfare of the people. Sack the railways minister. https://twitter.com/ImranKhanPTI/status/1149167717599121409 …


    Imran Khan

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    Saddened to learn of train accident in Sadiqabad. My condolences to the victims families and prayers for the speedy recovery of the injured. Have asked Railways Minister to take emergency steps to counter decades of neglect of railway infrastructure & ensure safety standards.


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    He called for the removal of the railways minister.

    PML-N leader Maryam Nawaz also shared a post on Twitter to express grief over the incident.

    "The ineptitude [and] misplaced priorities not only spell disaster but death for Pakistanis. No one is concerned. No one is bothered. Callousness is shocking," she wrote.

    Read: Railways engines failed 3,700 times since January 2015

    Last month, the Jinnah Express also hit a freight car near Hyderabad resulting in the deaths of three individuals and injuring several others. Following the incident, Rashid accepted responsibility and sought an apology from the nation
     
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    tragic incident
     
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    Heads should roll. The person ultimately responsible should face legal consequences.
     
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    this little rascal should also be responsible for people dying in Thar! Which is due to his, his father, moms and grandpa's neglect...

    As for Rashid...he just got the ministry and blaming him shows this rascal is clueless how blames should work..Coz his whole family hasnt been openly blamed for Sindh!

    That would be those who have been in railway for decades and still didnt manage anything!

    Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi rajeeoon for those who died!
     
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    Who is this idiot Jibran Nasir never heard his name before why are they giving so much importance to him
     
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    Shiekhoo is at fault here due to incompitence and mismanagement, to prove his worth he launched a large amount of new trains without laying proper ground work for the expansion, Fck B zardari but he is not important here, whats imp here is accountability of the railway department and minister.
     
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    Pehlay 70 saal ka hisab Lena hai baqi ka bad main sochain ga
     
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    Actually, the accountability of the minister is neither here nor there. Replacing him with you or anyone else, wouldn't have stopped this accident and won't stop future accidents.

    We need to know how the accident happened. What failed if anything? Which process wasn't followed? What procedure wasn't in place? Who was responsible for what went wrong? Why did that person/process fail? Was it individual error? Was it procedural error? Was there evidence of neglect? Who was negligent? Was it a criminal level of negligence?

    Maybe through the process it might be found out that the driver fell asleep and the trains crashed. The minister is not responsible for that. Maybe it will be found out that the schedules being pushed were dangerous and the lower level staff informed their seniors who informed the minister who laughed evilly and stubbed his cigar out in someones eye and told them to do as they're f***ing told. That would then be his fault.

    I get that repeated failures across the world result in resignations - I'm sure Sheikh Rashid is no expert, i doubt he's even a train enthusiast, but we need to investigate, not play politics.
     
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    Ik should appoint some new blood like murad Saeed instead of old sheikh Rasheed who has done huge mistakes in musharaf govt and is turntable politician.He is focused only on short term cheap ways to increase revenue and run new trains without quality assurance and feasibility assurance.He will destroy railway and is only good in speaking and criticizing others on tv talkshows. He has become minister always by polishing shoes of generals and has no capability to perform

    One reason of this accident is using same route for both cargo and passanger trains at a same time without proper infrastructure for coordinating this.This move is initiated by shiekh Rasheed so he is responsible for it.shiekh Rasheel vision is only limited to short term measures he destroyed Pakistan through allowing unregulated electronic media in musharaf era which has promoted terrorism and 5thgen hybrid war in Pakistan and corruption by giving funds by govt to media channels for political means
     
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    Phir log to is ka baray main bhi kehtay Hain yeh minister kesay bana hai
     
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    He has proved through his performance that he is capable and no one can speak against him
     
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    Shaikh Rasheed is also capable and patrioric too he is not like an average politician of Pakistan but is comparable to Imran Khan after Imran Khan he is the best politician in Pakistan
     
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    Only making speeches not make anyone capable.He has served multiple times as minister but did not bring any major change.He has no stake in govt. Ik reputition will damage due to such bad performance and he will join new govt instead of pti in future for his self interest and will criticize ik on tv shows just like he did in musharaf times
     
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    If people want capable ministers then military rule is best because there are a lot of capable officers in army who would work as ministers there is a special engineers corps in army who would work for railway
     
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