Bilawal asks Rasheed to step down over Sadiqiabad train crash

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has expressed his profound grief over the loss of lives in Sadiqabad Train accident.

In a statement, the PPP chairman said that he has been gripped with deep pain and anguish after he came to know about the tragedy. It is an unbearable loss to the aggrieved families.

He demanded that the government should immediately announce relief and compensation to the families affected.

The PPP Chairman criticised the Railways Minister on his failure in devising a flawless strategy for the prevention of such repeated tragic incidents.

He held the Railways Minister responsible for the train accidents and demanded that enquiry against him should be initiated instantly.

He said he has come to know that the Railways Minister hasn’t ensured the supply of required tools and materials for the repair of tracks that have been ruined during accidents.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari demanded that the Railways Minister Shaikh Rasheed Ahmed should step down till the completion of enquiries on the accidents.

He asked that the Prime Minister who always demanded resignations from his rivals should now also ask his Minister to immediately step down.

He said that God knows better till when and how long the situation would keep going in the form of train accidents under this Minister. The same minister had also wreaked havoc on Pakistan Railways during dictator Musharraf’s government in which he also held the same portfolio of Minister for Railways. His incompetence and ineligibility have inflicted colossal losses to the exchequer, people and the country.

He said that Imran Niazi had handed the Railways portfolio to Shaikh Rasheed Ahmed as a gift and that proved a disaster. They both have duped the people through several inaugurations of new train lines as the inauguration of new trains was a deception because simply train compartments in yards were joined together to present them as new trains for political point-scoring only.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that the Railways and the country are both runs in the same style and the lives of the people have been placed under serious threats.

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