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Timeline of major train accidents in Pakistan in the past five years

Pakistan Railways has often faced harsh criticism for its deteriorating services and inferior facilities for passengers

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Pakistan presents a dismal picture when it comes to its train safety record-- File photo

Pakistan has quite a shoddy record when it comes to accidents involving trains. In the past decade, the country has witnessed a number of deadly train accidents, and they seem to have increased in frequency over the past few years. 

In the latest such incident, which occurred on June 7, two express trains collided in Sindh's Ghotki and at least 32 passengers have lost their lives and 64 others are injured. The Millat Express derailed and the Sir Syed Express train hit it soon afterwards, railways officials confirmed, saying that the collision took place between the Raiti and Obaro railway stations.

Looking at the record of Pakistan Railways over the past five years, it seems that accidents have started happening more frequently since 2018. Here is a look at the major railways accidents during that period.

June 7, 2021: At least 32 people were killed and 64 injured after two express trains collided in Sindh's Ghotki.

Feb 28, 2020: At least 19 people were killed when a train collided with a passenger bus near Sindh’s Rohri.

October 31, 2019: More than 70 people died in a fiery explosion on a moving train, which officials later blamed on a short-circuit fire. The incident occurred near Rahim Yar Khan, Punjab.

Tezgam incident near Rahim Yar Khan claimed more than 70 lives-- File photo

July 11, 2019: A Quetta-bound train collided with a cargo train near Sadiqabad in Punjab, killing 24 and injuring over a 100. The accident was later found to the result of a delay in the switching of train tracks.

June 20, 2019: Three people were killed when a passenger train collided with a stationary cargo train at Makli Shah, near Hyderabad.

December 18, 2018: 12 children were injured when a passenger train crashed into a school van near Narowal, Punjab. Eyewitnesses said the accident happened due to dense fog and because the gate at the crossing was left open.

Narowal train accident wounded 12 children -- File photo

September 27, 2018: A Peshawar-bound train had derailed in Sehwan, Sindh, due to which 11 bogies overturned.

September 16, 2018: Nine bogies of the Peshawar-bound Khushal Khan Khattak Express from Karachi derailed near Attock. 20 passengers were injured.

June 9, 2018: Twenty-three bogies of a Karachi-bound freight train derailed in Sukkur.

March 28, 2017: At least two people were killed and 10 injured as Karachi-bound passenger train Shalimar Express collided with an oil tanker, leading to a huge explosion.

January 6, 2017: A motorcycle-rickshaw had collided with the Hazara Express, resulting in the deaths of eight people, including six schoolchildren and the driver in Lodhran.

January 22, 2017: A train had hit a car in Gojra, killing six people who were inside the car. The Shalimar Express had collided with the car, which was crossing the railway track at the time of the accident. The gate at the crossing was open at the time, which led to the accident.

November 3, 2016: Two trains collided at Karachi’s Landhi railway station, killing 22 people. The accident occurred in Gaddafi Town Landhi when Zakaria Express collided with the stationary Fareed Express.

Two trains collided at Karachi’s Landhi railway station, killing 22 people in Nov, 2016- File photo

September 15, 2016: At least six people were killed and over 150 injured when Karachi-bound Awam Express collided with a freight train near Multan.

Train crash near Multan left six dead and more than 150 wounded in 2016-- File photo

July 2, 2015: At least 20 people died when three carriages of a special train fell into a canal and another passenger train derailed near Gujranwala.

November 17, 2015: Jaffar Express had gotten off tracks near a place called "Aab-e-Gum" in Balochistan. Around 20 people lost their lives in the accident.