16 killed, dozens injured in Pakistan train crash Jul 12, 2019 0 1896 12345 agenciesKARACHIA passenger train crashed into a stationary freight train in Pakistan on Thursday, killing 16 people and injuring more than 60 under overturned carriages, police said, with the prime minister blaming ageing, poorly maintained rail infrastructure.The Akbar Express, heading to the western city of Quetta from Lahore, crashed into the freight train in the Sadiqabad area of Punjab province’s southern Rahim Yar Khan district, destroying five carriages and trapping passengers.Rescue workers freed the wounded by cutting through the twisted metal of the carriages and dozens were taken to hospital, police said.Prime Minister Imran Khan issued a statement of condolence in which he blamed the infrastructure of Pakistan’s colonial-era railway network which has fallen into disrepair due to chronic under-investment and poor maintenance.“Have asked Railways Minister to take emergency steps to counter decades of neglect of railway infrastructure and ensure safety standards,” Khan tweeted.Last month, six people were killed when a freight train collided with a passenger train in Hyderabad 165 km (100 miles) from Karachi.The cause of Thursday’s crash is under investigation but Railways Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed said human error was believed to be responsible. “I have ordered an inquiry. Investigation will complete in two-three days,” he told Geo Television. The minister also announced compensation for the dead and injured.According to a railways spokesperson, an information cell has been set up in Sukkur division for the families of the victims.PPP Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari urged the government to announce monetary support for the affected families. He also demanded that the railways minister be held accountable for the tragedy. “Railway accidents continue to be a routine [in Pakistan] and the minister responsible is not doing anything about it. There should be an inquiry against the minister since he is responsible for these accidents,” Bilawal said.“PM Imran Khan has been proud of his decision to give this ministry to Sheikh Rasheed. The decision has backfired. The railways ministry is as inept as this government and public lives are in jeopardy – will the PM now ask for the minister’s resignation?” Train accidents are common in Pakistan, where the railways have seen decades of decline due to corruption, mismanagement and lack of investment. RELATED ARTICLES Sri Lankan govt survives no confidence vote Jul 12, 2019 0 463 UN launches probe into Philippines drug war deaths Jul 12, 2019 0 2144 Water train set to relieve drought-hit Tamil Nadu Jul 12, 2019 0 1620 Fierce storm kills seven in Greek tourist peninsula AFP Thessaloniki, Greece Seven people died and at least 23 were injured as a fierce storm ripped through beachfronts in one of Greece’s top tourist areas, terrifying thousands of holidaymakers caught in the open, .. Trump to announce executive action on census citizenship Reuters WASHINGTON US President Donald Trump on Thursday will announce an executive action over his administration’s effort to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census despite ongoing court challenges, two .. Majority of US vets say Afghan war ‘not worth fighting’: Poll AFP Washington A majority of US military veterans say the nearly 18-year war in Afghanistan was “not worth fighting,” according to poll results released on Wednesday. The survey results come as the US and the Taliban .. France defies US probe to pass law taxing digital giants AFP Paris France’s parliament on Thursday passed a law making it the first major economy to impose a tax on digital giants, defying a probe ordered by an angry US President Donald Trump that could trigger reprisal tariffs. .. UK’s new US envoy will be appointed by new PM: Minister LONDON: The appointment of Britain’s ambassador to the United States is likely to be made by the next British prime minister rather than outgoing leader Theresa May, senior minister Liz Truss told journalists on .. Merkel sits during anthems after shaking spells Berlin: German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday insisted she took care of her health after remaining seated during national anthems at an official ceremony, in a rare change of protocol apparently to prevent a .. India hands over 250 houses for Rohingya in Myanmar’s Rakhine NEW DELHI: India has handed over 250 prefabricated houses it built in Myanmar’s Rakhine state as part of a broader effort to help tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslims to return, an Indian official said on Thursday. An ..