Ghotki train accident and horrific tale of accidents Ghotki train accident and horrific tale of accidents

Ghotki train accident and horrific tale of accidents

Ghotki train accident: Sir Syed Express train collides with Millat Express; at least 30 dead at Ghotki, Sindh, Pakistan

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In an incident today, at least 30 people were killed after Sir Syed Express train collided with a Millat Express between Reti and Daharki railway stations in Ghotki in Pakistan, reports said on Monday regarding ghotki train accident.

Reports suggest that Sir Syed Express train, which was heading towards Lahore collided with the Millat Express which was on the way to Sargodha from Karachi resulting a horrific train accident in ghotki.

Pakistan media quoted Ghotki Deputy Commissioner Usman Abdullah saying that at least 30 people were killed in the train mishap while 50 others were iinjured in train accident in sindh 

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed shock and grief over the ghotki train accident in the Sindh. He ordered a probe into the train collision incident as it's 80th train accident in Pakistan since the start of Imran khan tenure as Prime minister of Pakistan.

"Shocked by the horrific train accident at Ghotki early this morning leaving 30 passengers dead. Have asked Railway Minister to reach site & ensure medical assistance to injured & support for families of the dead. Ordering comprehensive investigation into railway safety fault lines," the Pakistan PM tweeted.

"According to the reports Millat express train which was going to Sargodha broke down on the track at around 3 in the morning and some parts of it spread over the other track as well. Then driver of Millat train informed control room of Pakistan railways but in the mean time after 3-5 minutes Sir Syed train came rnning on its track and hit those parts of Millat train that were carrying people that makes it a horrific accident in railways history. Just imagine seeing a train running towards you in the dark in full speed then you will feel this horrific accident."

Timeline of major train accidents in Pakistan in the past five years

Pakistan has quite horrific record when it comes to accidents of trains running in the country. The country has witnessed a number of deadly train accidents, and they seem to have increased in frequency over the past few years. 

Looking at the record of Pakistan Railways over the past five years, it seems that accidents have started happening more frequently since 2018. Khawaja saad rafiq was the railway minister in PML N tenure for five years till 2018 than Sheikh Rashid Ahmad took oath as Pakistan Railway Minister in 2018 as PTI government started its reign. After two and half years Azam swati took charge of Pakistan railways and he is still in this position. Here is a look at the major railways accidents during that period.

July 2, 2015: At least 20 people died when three carriages of a special train fell into a canal and another passenger train derailed near Gujranwala.

November 17, 2015: Jaffar Express had gotten off tracks near a place called "Aab-e-Gum" in Balochistan. Around 20 people lost their lives in the accident.

September 15, 2016: At least six people were killed and over 150 injured when Karachi-bound Awam Express collided with a freight train near Multan.

November 3, 2016: Two trains collided at Karachi’s Landhi railway station, killing 22 people. The accident occurred in Gaddafi Town Landhi when Zakaria Express collided with the stationary Fareed Express.

January 6, 2017: A motorcycle-rickshaw had collided with the Hazara Express, resulting in the deaths of eight people, including six schoolchildren and the driver in Lodhran.

January 22, 2017: A train had hit a car in Gojra, killing six people who were inside the car. The Shalimar Express had collided with the car, which was crossing the railway track at the time of the accident. The gate at the crossing was open at the time, which led to the accident.

March 28, 2017: At least two people were killed and 10 injured as Karachi-bound passenger train Shalimar Express collided with an oil tanker, leading to a huge explosion.

June 9, 2018: Twenty-three bogies of a Karachi-bound freight train derailed in Sukkur.

September 16, 2018: Nine bogies of the Peshawar-bound Khushal Khan Khattak Express from Karachi derailed near Attock. 20 passengers were injured.

September 27, 2018: A Peshawar-bound train had derailed in Sehwan, Sindh, due to which 11 bogies overturned.

December 18, 2018: 12 children were injured when a passenger train crashed into a school van near Narowal, Punjab. Eyewitnesses said the accident happened due to dense fog and because the gate at the crossing was left open.

June 20, 2019: Three people were killed when a passenger train collided with a stationary cargo train at Makli Shah, near Hyderabad.

July 11, 2019: A Quetta-bound train collided with a cargo train near Sadiqabad in Punjab, killing 24 and injuring over a 100. The accident was later found to the result of a delay in the switching of train tracks.

October 31, 2019: More than 70 people died in a fiery explosion on a moving train, which officials later blamed on a short-circuit fire. The incident occurred near Rahim Yar Khan, Punjab.

Feb 28, 2020: At least 19 people were killed when a train collided with a passenger bus near Sindh’s Rohri.

No matter who is the Pakistan railways minister train accidents are in routine and hundreds and thousands of people have lost their lives in all these accidents but nobody has ever claimed the responsibility of these train accidents in Pakistan whether its PTI minister or PML N. The only thing that government has ever done is probing an inquiry of the accident and then these inquires lost in the history books like many of them before.

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