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18 dead, dozens injured as pilgrimage truck crashes en route to Shah Noorani Shrine

The tragic incident involving a truck carrying pilgrims en route to the Shah Noorani shrine in Balochistan’s Hub district has resulted in a death toll of 18, with over 50 individuals injured after the vehicle fell into a ditch.

Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah confirmed 17 deaths initially during his visit to the Civil Hospital’s Trauma Centre, where 52 injured passengers were brought, 40 of whom have been discharged.

Five of the injured are currently on ventilators, and two children are receiving treatment at the National Institute of Child Health. Most of the passengers were identified as poor individuals working as stone crushers.

The Balochistan government will investigate the cause of the incident. Former lawmaker Jam Awais Jokhio is assisting the families of the victims. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif expressed condolences and directed necessary medical treatment for the injured.

Sub-Divisional Police Officer Sakro Wajid Ali stated that the driver of the truck, Karim Baksh, has been taken into custody, as the incident occurred when the truck carrying pilgrims from Thatta veered off the road on its way to the shrine.

Rescue efforts identified 17 deceased individuals and 38 injured, with the bodies shifted to the Civil Hospital and then to the Edhi morgue.

Balochistan Chief Minister Sarfraz Bugti has ordered immediate transfer of the injured to hospitals and declared an emergency in Jam Ghulam Qadir Hospital Hub. Interior Minister Mohsin Naqvi extended sympathy to the affected families.

The Shah Noorani shrine, situated approximately 200km from Karachi, has seen tragedies before, including a bus accident in December last year. Bus accidents remain a concern in Pakistan, with recent incidents claiming lives and causing injuries.

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