The Federal Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique said that the causes of the Hazara Express train accident will be determined after a thorough investigation.
According to the media reports, Railways Minister Khwaja Saad Rafique made these remarks during a press conference in Lahore today (Sunday, August 6). He said relevant officials have been directed to ascertain all reasons.
Khwaja Saad Rafique further stated that the emergency has been declared in all hospitals of Sukkur and Nawabshah for treatment of injured passengers. He informed that the rail line has been laid from Uzbekistan to Afghanistan which will be brought to Pakistan. Railway Office has been established in Gwadar and there is a land of four hundred acres where a railway station and terminal will be established, he said, adding that they have to work on Quetta track where 998 kilometers of the track is on the sand.
It is pertinent to mention here that the Hazara Express train derailed at Sarhari railway station in Nawabshah today and as a result, 15 passengers were killed in the accident. The initial reports said that around 7 to 8 bogies of the train have derailed and overturned.
The media reports stated that the Hazara Express was heading toward Havelian from Karachi. Rescue teams were busy evacuating stranded passengers while the injured persons have been shifted to nearby hospitals for treatment. Meanwhile, the Pakistan Army and Rangers have begun relief and rescue operations in Nawabshah after the bogies of the Hazara Express derailed at Sarhari Railway Station. The rescue operation has been started on the special directives of Chief of Army Staff General Syed Asim Munir.
After the directives of the COAS Asim Munir, rescue teams of the Pakistan Army and Rangers started reaching the accident site. Additional troops have been called in from Hyderabad and Sakrand. The Aviation helicopters of the Pakistan Army are also reaching the spot to rescue the injured people. The Pakistan Army and Rangers are also delivering food items at the accident site. The rescue operation will continue till the transfer of the last injured to the hospital and the rehabilitation of the people trapped at the accident site.