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CM visits families of Tezgam inferno victims, pledges all possible help.

Byline: Qamaruddin Shaikh

MIRPURKHAS -- Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah on Tuesday visited families and relatives of Tezgam inferno victims at Tableeghi Jamaat Markaz at Tando Adam Naka Chowk on Ring Road and heard their grievances.

The CM was accompanied by MNA Mir Munawwar Ali Khan Talpur, provincial ministers Hari Ram Kishori Lal and Taimoor Talpur, Adviser Barrister Murtaza Wahab and MPA Syed Zulfikar Ali Shah.

They offered their heartfelt condolences to the heirs of the deceased Tezgam passengers and expressed sympathy with the injured people.

Three passenger coaches of the speedily moving Tezgam train caught fire which swiftly spread and reduced the coaches and everything inside to ashes while it was passing through the Liaquatpur area. More than 70 people lost their lives and about 40 others were injured. Many others are still unaccounted for.

The CM told the affected families that he shared the grief and sorrow with them.

He said the loss of a human life could not be compensated but the bereaved and other affected families deserved financial assistance.

He announced Rs500,000 compensation for each deceAased person, Rs250,000 for each seriously injured person and Rs100,000 for those who received minor injuries in the tragic incident.

Mr Shah told the families that he had sought information from Mirpurkhas DepAuty Commissioner Zahid Memon regarding status of those deceased persons who were the bread-earners of their families so that requAirAed assistance could be provided to such families. He elaborated that one person of such families would be given a government job.

Several hundred members of the affected families thronged the Markaz before arrival of the chief minister. Many of them complained to the CM that the Punjab government was not extending due cooperation to those 17 families whose nears and dears were still missing. Some of them were waiting for their loved ones' bodies to be identified and handed over to them, they said.

Mr Shah assured them that he would approach the Punjab government in this regard. The CM was also told that the families of injured persons were not satisfied with the medical treatment being provided to them at hospitals in Punjab. The CM said his government was ready to ensure full treatment of the victims at provincial government's hospitals and trauma centres in Karachi.

He asked the chief secretary and deputy commissioners concerned to ensure proper healthcare of all such people.

Mr Shah said he had already told the Hyderabad commissioner to see that all injured of the Tezgam fire tragedy were provided proper medical treatment free of cost. He said he also remained in constant contact with Mir Munawwar Talpur and Hari Ram Kishori Lal in this regard. He recalled that MPA Syed Zulfikar Ali Shah had visited Rahim Yar Khan hospital to inquire about the health of the injured persons admitted there.

MPAs Mir Tariq Talpur, Haji Noor Ahmed Bhurgari, Mirpurkhas Commissioner Abdul Waheed Shaikh, DepAuty Commissioner Zahid Memon, DIG Saqib Ismail Memon and others were present at the Markaz.

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Author:Qamaruddin Shaikh
Publication:Dawn (Karachi, Pakistan)
Date:Nov 13, 2019
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