At least 65 killed as train catches fire in Pakistan, several injured

The injured people are being shifted to nearest local hospital. Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Oct 31, 2019, 10.55 AM (IST)

At least 65 people lost their lives on Thursday as a fire broke out on a train in Pakistan, news agency ANI reported. 

The fire broke out after a gas cylinder exploded inside the train which the passengers were using to cook breakfast.

According to a report, 42 people were injured and have been rushed to the nearest hospital.

Three coaches of the Karachi-Rawalpindi Tezgam express caught fire in Liaqatpur near Pakistan's Rahim Yar Khan town situated in the south of the Punjab province.

The death toll is expected to rise further, news agency Reuters reported.

Calling the loss of lives "tragic"  Pakistan President Arif Alvi expressed his grief on Twitter.

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"Prayers and condolences go to the victims' families," tweeted human rights minister Shireen Mazari. 

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Pakistan’s colonial-era railway network has fallen into disrepair in recent decades due to chronic under-investment and poor maintenance.

Eleven people were killed in an accident in July and four in another accident in September.

About 130 people were killed in 2005 when a train rammed into another at a station in Sindh province, and a third train hit the wreckage.

(With inputs from agencies)

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A fire broke out on a train in Pakistan after a gas cylinder exploded which passengers were using to cook breakfast.