Train, bus collision, more than 19 Sikh pilgrims killed in Pakistan

Bus carrying Sikh pilgrims hit by train in Punjab; 19 killed many critical, ANI reported. 

At least 29 passengers killed after a bus carrying Sikh pilgrims rammed into Karachi to Lahore train Shah Hussain Express in the Sheikhupura district in Pakistan’s Punjab province at 1:30 pm on Friday. Meanwhile, eight people are reported to be injured. The Shah Hussain Express which was headed to Lahore from Karachi collided with the mini-bus near Farooqabad railway station (around 60 kms away from Lahore). 

The District Police Officer Sheikhupura Ghazi Salahuddin, confirmed to the local Pak news channel that, “15 pilgrims lost their lives as the Lahore-bound train from Karachi met with an accident near Farooqabad railway station.” 

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has expressed grief over the loss of the lives in the Sheikhupura accident. Kahn has asked the authorities to provide best medical treatment to the wounded. “My condolences and prayers go to the families of the deceased. Have directed relevant authorities to ensure facilitation and care for all the families. Our entire railway’s operational safety SOPs will be reviewed immediately,” Khan said in a tweet.

Meanwhile, Railways Minister Sheikh Rashid has ordered authorities to take immediate action against those responsible for the accident, the Indian Express reported.  

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