A tragic accident occurred on Sunday near the town of Nawabshah in the Sindh province of Pakistan. The Hazara Express, carrying around 1,000 passengers, derailed and several carriages overturned, trapping many riders. Authorities are investigating the incident and considering the possibility of intentional sabotage.
In response to the accident, the Pakistani Army and Rangers were mobilized to assist with the rescue operation. Throughout the day, dozens of victims, including women and children, were saved from the wreckage and brought to safety. Senior policy officer Abid Baloch confirmed the successful completion of the rescue operation at the scene of the incident.
By Sunday night, the death toll had risen to at least 30 people, with over 90 others injured. The accident has left a devastating impact on the community, with families grieving the loss of their loved ones and many individuals struggling to recover from their injuries.
Railway Minister Khawaja Rafique addressed the media and expressed the gravity of the accident, stating, “This is quite a big accident. There can be two reasons: first, that it was a mechanical fault, or the fault was created – it might be a sabotage. We will investigate it.” The minister’s statement indicates that both potential causes, mechanical failure and sabotage, will be thoroughly examined to determine the true cause of the incident.
Sadly, train accidents and derailments are not uncommon in Pakistan, particularly on the country’s aging railway system. With a length of approximately 7,500 kilometers, the railway system carries over 80 million passengers annually. However, the infrastructure’s age and lack of proper maintenance contribute to the frequent occurrence of accidents.
In June 2021, another tragic train incident occurred when two trains collided near the city of Daharki, resulting in the deaths of at least 65 people. Additionally, in October 2019, a fire aboard the Tezgam express claimed the lives of at least 75 passengers. These incidents highlight the urgent need for improved safety measures and investment in the Pakistani railway system.
As investigations into the Nawabshah accident continue, authorities will be focused on determining the cause and holding responsible parties accountable for their actions. The incident serves as a devastating reminder of the risks faced by passengers and the importance of prioritizing the safety and maintenance of railway infrastructure.
The incident has generated public outcry and calls for action to prevent similar accidents in the future. Efforts must be made to modernize and upgrade the railway system, ensuring the safety and well-being of the millions of passengers who rely on it daily.
In the face of tragedy, communities are coming together to support the victims and their families. The nation mourns the loss of those who perished and extends its sympathy to those affected by the accident. It is a somber reminder of the fragility of life and the need for comprehensive measures to prevent such catastrophic events from occurring again in Pakistan’s railway system.