Sheikh Rashid blamed Tezgam incident on passengers
Today Pakistan was shaken by yet another deadly railway accident. A train going from the city of Karachi to Rawalpindi caught fire near Rahim Yar Khan on Thursday, 31st October, and at least 65 people were reported killed.
The Railway Minister Sheikh Rashid, while expressing sorrow for the deceased, stated that the passengers were to be blamed for the tragedy and not the Railways
Apparently, the fire was caused because some passengers brought in gas cylinders and cooking oil with them, that they were using to make breakfast. The situation allegedly went awry when the oil caught fire and led to this haunting disaster.
— The News Vision (@TheNewsVision2) October 31, 2019
People of Pakistan are furious at Sheikh Rashid for his callous remarks
Pakistanis think its unfair of the railway minister to blame the victims in this time of sorrow. After all, if railway operations were going smoothly, how could those cylinders make it inside the train in the first place?
A gas cylinder was used because you allowed it to be used. Criminal negligence at your part #sheikhrashid and you still play the blame game as the rest of your party continues to do so the same. #tezgam
— Tez Aftab (@murTEZaaftab) October 31, 2019
Sheikh Rasheed puts blame on the passengers. If passengers have to take responsibility of everything then what the f**k you are doing as railway minister and why do we need a ministry for railway then? Stop putting blame on people. #Tezgam pic.twitter.com/O1YzRShctu
— Tlp Gujrat🇵🇰🇹🇷 (@GujratTlp) October 31, 2019
They reiterated that the Railways is responsible to keep a tight check on what enters the trains
After all, when the guidelines clearly prohibit the entry of such dangerous materials, the overlooking of such incidences fall under negligence by the railway security.
Gas cylinders are clearly prohibited items that cannot be booked as luggage. It is the responsibility of the railways to ensure these safety guidelines are followed by all. Sh. Rasheed placing the blame on passengers isn't just callous, it's also clearly wrong #Tezgam pic.twitter.com/2vx1oBOAiY
— Reema Omer (@reema_omer) October 31, 2019
National Tragedy .Why the hell Cylinder was allowed on train and not checked by security.this is insane.cleary @ImranKhanPTI
You have to walk the talk and make @ShkhRasheed resign from Railways ministry #Tezgam pic.twitter.com/mfxIMmXTTa
— Hassan Khan (@hassan_k82) October 31, 2019
Complete system failure
No security checks to prevent inflammable material onboard.
No emergency brakes.dozens died or injured trying to jump from moving train which did not stop despite being on fire.
Again, army has to be called in.civil govt cannot handle the crisis.#Tezgam pic.twitter.com/vEpeuPZiHN
— Cricwars (@Cricwars1) October 31, 2019
People questioned why there was a need for these cylinders on the train in the first place if Railways was so efficient in providing quality food
If the railways came equipped with proper arrangements for the passengers, they wouldn’t have had to resort to these measures. People wonder when will reforms come?
When "thoughts & prayers' phase is over', I hope we ask ourselves why passangers travel with gas cylinders instead of packing food & Why Railways let such items on board instead of catering.#Tezgam tragedy is culmination of decades of mismanagement & low literacy rate. Reforms?
— 🔥 S a D u. 🔥 (@Ladywidswag) October 31, 2019
AllahPak give sabar to those who’ve lost loved ones. Rehem on the Injured.
And yet again so many precious lives lost but all there’ll be is a superficial inquiry and no substantial reforms to minimise error#tezgam https://t.co/CRzXRBOwM1
— Aleena Farooq Shayk (@FarooqAleena) October 31, 2019
Many are demanding the immediate resignation of Sheikh Rashid
Pakistanis have termed this criminal negligence on the railway minister’s part. Especially, because this accident is far from a single occurrence. Pakistan’s railway situation has deteriorated over time and people have had enough of it.
Sheikh Rasheed should be immediately fired from his position as Railways Minister. He has made Pakistan's Railways a death machine. Tezgam incident has taken 65 precious lives. #tezgam #TrainAccident pic.twitter.com/hRkZtlf24t
— Masoud Ur Rehman (@masoud_ur_here) October 31, 2019
Sheikh Rashid should resign on this terrible incident that happened due to sheer negligence of Railways.They shouldn't have allowed anyone to carry gas cylinder on train.
If he does not PM should sent him packing. We will not be keeping Quite. pic.twitter.com/tXqWIAc2VY
— Fasi_Rahman (@PakistaniAgents) October 31, 2019
The public outrage seems justified. It’s high time Pakistani Railways incorporated necessary reforms. Tight security checks are essential and this sort of criminal negligence should surely be condemned. We pray for the lives lost in this terrible accident and offer deep condolences to their loved ones.
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