footage showed mangled and overturned carriages, and media
reported rescuers were working to free people trapped in the
Train traffic between Karachi, Pakistan's biggest city, and the
rest of the country was suspended after the collision near the
city's Landhi station, television news channels reported.
Sixty-five people were injured in the collision, said Seemin
Jamali, head of the emergency department at Karachi's main
The collision occurred between the moving Zakaria Express and
the stationary Fareed Express, the railways ministry said.
Minister Khwaja Saad Rafique pointed at negligence as a possible
cause, with a stop signal being ignored. The whereabouts of the
driver and assistant driver of the Zakaria Express were unknown,
He ordered an investigation which would be completely within 72
"Facts will be brought forward, and whoever is responsible will
not escape legal action and punishment," he said.
In September, at least four people were killed and 93 injured
when an express train collided with a freight train near the
city of Multan in Punjab province.
Pakistan's colonial-era railway network has fallen into
disrepair in recent decades due to chronic under-investment and
(Reporting by Syed Raza Hassan; Writing by Drazen Jorgic;
Editing by Nick Macfie)
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