10 killed as passenger train hits freight train in Pakistan:The Asahi Shimbun

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The incident on Thursday took place at the Walhar railway station, located about 35km south of Rahim Yar Khan.

At least 16 people were killed while 84 others injured when a passenger train collided with a freight train in Karachi on Thursday.

According to DPO Rahim Yar Khan Umer Salamat, the rescue operation is underway.

The injured have been shifted to nearby hospitals of Sadiqabad and Rahim Yar Khan for treatment where an emergency has been declared, Geo news reported.

"The condition of three to four passengers is critical", he said.

The official said that apparently the accident happened when the signal went wrong on the track, leading the passenger train to go on to the loop line where the freight train was parked.

Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed grief over the accident and called for measures to prevent similar incidents in the future. "Have asked Railways Minister to take emergency steps to counter decades of neglect of railway infrastructure & ensure safety standards".

Minister for Railways Sheikh Rashid Ahmad has announced compensation of 1.5 million Pakstani rupees for the families of the deceased.

Fourteen of the dead were taken to the government hospital, with 66 people injured in the wreck also treated there, Liaquat Chohan, a senior hospital official, told Al Jazeera. "Railway accidents continue to be a routine [in Pakistan] and the minister responsible is not doing anything about it".

Pakistan's aging railway network carries both passengers and goods across the country, but suffers periodic derailments and other accidents due to aging infrastructure.

A National Assembly standing committee was recently told that there have been 384 train accidents in Pakistan since 2014: 74 in 2018-19, 67 in 2017-18, 78 in 2016-17, 76 in 2015-16, and 89 accidents in 2014-15.

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