ISLAMABAD: On the first day of its budgetary session, on Monday, the National Assembly witnessed the treasury, and members of the opposition took responsibility for train frequent accidents as the lower house adopted ten bills, many of them lacking members of the opposition.
The session was hampered by loud protest and frequent walking and the opposition’s quorum repeatedly indicated that the previous PML-N and PPP Governments were accused, as usual, of the Ghotki accident by two federal ministers.
The opposition members met at the dais of Speaker Qasim Suri and raised anti-golicy slogos when Fawad Chaudhry allowed Minister of Information and Broadcasting to hold a political debate on their reported corruption and tried to negotiate with the opposition leadership, including Nawaz Sharif and Asif Zardari.
In response to speeches by President Bilawal Bhutto Zardari of PPP and PML-N stalwart Ahsan Iqbal in which Prime Minister Imran Khan and Railway Minister Azam Swati requested their resignation in connection with the Ghotki incident.
Minister for Communications Murad Saeed was also interrupted by opposition members with sloganing and desk-thumping.
During these noises, Prime Minister Adviser Babar Awan presented a controversial election order 2021, enabling electronic voting machines (EVMs), for the next general election, to be provided to the Election Commission (ECP).
MQM activists and Ali Mohamed Khan, their member, have also protested against a “strong reaction,” if such an incident is repeated, on the Sunday riots in Bahria Town of Karachi.
The Sindh government had been shocked by Sabir Qaimkhani and Usama Qadri from the MQM and claimed the police remained a silent spectator.
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari asked the chair to postpone the agenda and to allow for a debate on the event, stating that the session was still being held onsite.
The divergences between the PPP and the PML-N became apparent in the house also when PML-Ahsan N’s Iqbal criticized the president for giving floor to the President of the PPP.
And when he took up the floor again, Mr. Bhutto Zardari hit Mr. Iqbal and the PML-N and labeled him “office bearer on papers alone.”
Mr. Iqbal said that the PTI had ruled the country three years now and that the train accident in the Ghotki had occurred, as there was nothing the PML-N government did to improve the railways.
He said Pakistan and China signed the ML-1 project during the PML-N term in 2017. He said that the project had not progressed for three years. Minister of Information Fawad Chaudhry read the initial train accident report for the first time and launched political attacks against the opposition.
“We’re currently facing (train) accidents because of years of negligence,” he said. The House passed 10 bills, including the University of Islamabad Bill, the Privatization Commission (amendment) Bill, the Enforcement of Women’s Property Rights (amendments) Bill (amendments) and the Islamabad Capital Territory Bill 2020.
In Southern Pakistan, two express trains collided, killing at least 60 passengers. There is no knowledge of the cause of the accident. Restoration operations are ongoing.
Early on Monday two express trains smashing at least 63 people and wounding dozens in Southern Pakistan, officials said.
Officials initially put the number of deaths to 40, but then added dozens of casualties which have still to be found.
In Ghotki district, province of Sindh, the accident occurred. Prime Minister Imran Khan from Pakistan expressed his sorrow at the incident on Twitter and said the cause will be investigated.
The train Sir Syed Express collapsed into a derailed Millet express. The derailment and the subsequent crash were not clear. There were approximately 1,100 passengers on the trains.
Railway Minister Azam Swati told the news agency AP, “I am heading to the district of Ghotki where today the tragic train accident was. At this stage, we are not sure what caused the train accident, “He said. He said.