Shafaqna Pakistan:At least 62 passengers were killed and many others injured when an express train caught fire near the city area of Liaquatpur, officials said on today.
The train, Tezgam, was on its way from Karachi to Rawalpindi, when a gas cylinder of passengers exploded.
The fire was caused by the explosion in a gas cylinder, confirmed the Pakistan Railway officials.
Identities of the deceased were not known . An official said at 16 bodies were charred beyond recognition.
Medics say identification of the deceased would be carried out through DNA testing .
Officials said the fire engulfed two economy class bogies and most of the passengers got up from Hydrabad.
The coach where the cylinder blasted was booked by the Taleeghi Jamaat’s men. They were boiling eggs on the gas stove to have breakfast when it exploded with a huge blast. After the explosion, the raging fire engulfed two other coaches also.
The fire tenders and other emergency teams immediately rushed to the site and carried out the rescue operation. Bodies and injured were shifted to the District Headquarters Hospital (DHQ).
The firefighters were deployed to extinguish the fire. Pakistan Army contingents have also been dispatched to the area to take part in rescue and relief activities. An Army Aviation Helicopter was airlifting the injured from the site of the incident.
The affected bogies have been separated from the train, said the PR official.
Aijaz Ahmad, CEO Pakistan Railways, told media that the train schedule will not be affected by the sad incident.
In a statement issued by the PM Office, the prime minister expressed deep grief and sorrow over the loss of lives in the accident. PM Imran ordered to provide best possible healthcare facilities to the injured.
Khan also tendered his condolences towards the families whose loved ones died the mishap.
Railways Minister puts blame on passenger
Sheikh Rashid blamed the passengers for the tragedy, saying Railways was not at fault.
He said an inquiry would be conducted to figure out how the passengers carried the gas cylinders.