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Pakistan: 65 killed as Karachi-Rawalpindi Tezgam express catches fire

Islamabad, Oct 31 As many as 65 passengers were charred to death and scores injured when a massive fire broke out on a moving Karachi-Rawalpindi Tezgam express train in Liaqatpur near Rahim Yar Khan in Pakistan’s east Punjab province on Thursday.

The fire broke out on a moving train after cooking gas stoves carried by some passengers exploded in Pakistan’s eastern Punjab province.Two adjoining coaches were engulfed in the raging fire and it became an inferno.

District police officer Amir Taimur said that 65 passengers lost their lives after the fire erupted in three coaches.
Railway minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmad said that most of the victims belonged to the Tableeghi Jamaat (Islamic preachers) who were going to Lahore to attend a major annual congregation at Raiwind.Rescue operation is underway and army helicopters are helping to shift the injured to hospitals, according to a statement by the military.

Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed grief over the incident and directed authorities to provide the best medical treatment to the injured.

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