Punjab train disaster: Pakistan train collision kills 11, injures 78

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Pakistani Railways Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed said in comments to the broadcaster that the collision had been caused by negligence.

Also on Thursday at least nine passengers were killed and 22 injured when a speeding bus overturned near the capital Islamabad, a police official said, while a landslide in the northwestern Swat valley killed six people, all from one family.

Police Chief Umer Salamat said the train was traveling from the eastern city of Lahore to southwestern Balochistan Province when the accident occurred at the Walhar Railway Station near Rahim Yar Khan in the early morning hours of July 11.

The DPO further said that "rescue operation is underway and hydraulic cutters have been called at the site to retrieve dead bodies".

Jamil added that heavy machinery was being used to remove passengers who were stuck in the train, adding that they were being provided with food and water.

Injured are being shifted to the hospitals of Sadiqabad and Rahim Yar Khan where an emergency has been declared.

A total of 11 people were killed and 67 others, including 11 children, were injured as a result of the railroad accident that took place in the Sadiqabad Tehsil area, the news channel specified.

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan took to Twitter to express his grief over the incident. My condolences to the victims families and prayers for the speedy recovery of the injured.

"Have asked Railways Minister to take emergency steps to counter decades of neglect of railway infrastructure and ensure safety standards", Khan tweeted. He has also ordered an investigation into the incident.

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