ISLAMABAD: Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Friday reserved verdict in a case pertaining to October 31, 2019, Tezgam Express inferno incident that occured near Rahim Yar Khan.
The IHC Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kiyani after hearing the both sides arugments reserved the judgement. While Interior and Railways Ministries submitted report in the court.
The railway ministry in its report informed the court that it payed Rs 1.5 million each who lost lives in the inferno while injured of the incident have also been given compensation amount.
Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kiyani said that interior ministry, railway and police are doing seperate inquiries of the incident and asked that can the court order another one?.
How can be another FIR of the case can be lodged?
During the hearing, the plaintiff lawyer said that Pakistan Railways minister Sheikh Rashid should resign over misconduct of his department. The court remarked that if we seek resignations on misconduct then all the ministers will be sent back to their homes.
It is pertinent to mention here that at least 75 passengers had lost their lives and over 40 sustained critical burn wounds when three carriages of a Tezgam Express caught fire near Talwari Station in Liaquatpur area of Rahim Yar Khan. The train was bound from Karachi to Rawalpindi.
Television footage showed flames pouring out of the carriages as people could be heard crying in the incident. Many commuters died and several were injured when they jumped from the moving train to escape the flames.
The claims of both Minister for Railways Sheikh Rasheed, who had stated that the fire broke out due to cylinder explosion, and Pakistan Railways Chief Executive Officer Dost Leghari, who had claimed of short circuiting as the cause of the tragic incident, were been “suspicious” as evidence of ignition from spots other than the temporary kitchen between the two bogies was also unearthed.