20 Sikh pilgrims killed in Pak train accident

At least 20 people have been killed after a train collided with a truck carrying Sikh pilgrims near Sheikhupura, Dawn reported. The Sikh victims were on their way home after having darshan at Nankana Sahib.

At least eight people have been injured in the accident, all of whom were shifted to District Headquarters Hospital, Sheikhupura. The bodies were also shifted to the DHQ hospital.

According to reports, rescue officials from both Railways and Rescue 1122 arrived at the scene of the accident and provided first aid to the injured. The accident occurred around 1:30pm at a crossing near Sheikhupura that was reportedly unmanned. Following the accident, the divisional engineer was suspended by the ministry, the statement said.

The truck was carrying 25-26 people, out of whom 20 had been killed in the accident. The victims include women and children as well, the report said.

The report said the Minister for Railways Sheikh Rashid has ordered authorities to take immediate action against those responsible for the accident. In a tweet, Prime Minister Imran said he was “deeply saddened” by the train accident and that he had directed officials to ensure that proper medical care is provided to the injured.

“My condolences and prayers go to the families of the deceased. [I] have directed relevant authorities to ensure facilitation and care for all the families,” he said.