Saddened to learn of train accident in Sadiqabad: PM

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed his grief over loss of precious lives in a collision involving two trains in Sadiqabad.

Taking to Twitter on Thursday morning, PM Khan asked Railways Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed to take emergency steps to counter decades of neglect of railway infrastructure and ensure safety standards.

“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,” Khan tweeted.

At least 10 people died and dozens were wounded when a passenger train collided with a waiting freight train near Sadiqabad town of Rahimyar Khan.

The death toll is feared to go up as some of those injured are reportedly in critical condition.

Railways Minister Sheikh Rashid has ordered an inquiry into the crash.

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, who is in London on an official visit, also conveyed his condolences to the families of the victims.

“Extremly saddened to know about train accident in Sadiqabad. My condolences to the victims families and prayers for the speedy recovery of the injured,” Qureshi tweeted.

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