LODHRAN: Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan on Saturday demanded resignation from Federal Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique for Lodhran train crash that claimed lives of nine including six children.
Khan made the statement while speaking to media after meeting the victims’ families along with party Secretary General Jehangir Tareen.
A train in crashed into a motorised rickshaw on Friday, killing six children on their way to school and the rickshaw driver, in Pakistan’s third deadly train crash in four months.
The children killed in the crash, in the south of Punjab province, were aged six to 10, said police officials.
Police said the gate at the crossing was open at the time of the accident, meaning traffic on the road could cross the railway tracks.
Railway Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique told reporters the weather might have been factor.
“We have to investigate whether it’s negligence or if it happened due to heavy fog,” Rafique said.
Twenty people were killed and dozens were injured on November 3 last year when a train crashed into stationary coaches in Karachi.
In September, at least four people were killed and 93 injured when an express train crashed into a freight train near the city of Multan in Punjab province.