At least 46 people have died, with many more injured in a massive fire on the Tezgam Express - a train en route from Karachi to Rawalpindi.
"Two cooking stoves blew up. They were cooking, they had [cooking] oil which added fuel to fire", Railways Minister Sheikh Rasheed told Geo News.
Ten passengers were charred to death and 30 injured when a train from #Karachi to #Rawalpindi caught fire in #Pakistan's east #Punjab province on October 31, Geo news reported.— IANS Tweets (@ians_india) October 31, 2019
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As a result of the blast, three carriages have been destroyed by the flames. According to Baqir Husain, head of the district rescue service, many people died because they jumped outside the train in a bid to flee the blaze.
Prime Minister Imran Khan has, meanwhile, expressed his condolences to the victims and their families ordering to provide the best possible medical help for the wounded.
The officials also stated that the incident won't affect the schedule. as the railway will be operational again in just several hours.