RAHIM YAR KHAN: The death toll in a deadly fire broke out on a passenger train “Tezgam Express” on Thursday near Liaquatpur city rose to 73.
According to reports, the deadly fire caused in a train when a gas canister used to cook food exploded.
The express train was on its way to Rawalpindi from Karachi when the fire destroyed three of its bogies, two economy class and one business class.
According to sources, the injured are being shifted to nearby hospitals while rescue teams have extinguished the fire.
The people who brought the gas cylinder in a train are being said to be from the Tableeghi Jamaat.
The Tableeghi Jamaat members were headed for a religious gathering in Rawalpindi and were trying to cook something using a stove when a possible leakage resulted in catastrophe.
According to a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), army troops including doctors and paramedics have been dispatched to assist rescue teams in the operation.
An army helicopter was also dispatched from Multan in order to rescue the injured, the statement added.
Emergency has been declared in Multan’s Nishtar Hospital and burn units to tend the injured.
Railways Minister Sheikh Rasheed confirmed the news, stating that the fire was caused by a cylinder blast that occurred in the morning when passengers were preparing their breakfast.
“Most deaths occurred after passengers jumped out of the train, in order to save themselves from the flames,” the minister said.
Rasheed said that the damaged track will be made operational within two hours.
Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed his grief and sorrow over the incident and directed authorities to provide the best medical treatment to the injured.