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PM Shehbaz slammed for “on-stage dance” amidst Nawabshah train tragedy

Netizens were critical of the premier's enthusiasm at the Kasur jalsa, citing it as poor optics, especially considering the tragic Nawabshah train incident earlier on the same day.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif is once again receiving public backlash. This time, he is getting criticized for his “on-stage dance” during a political gathering in Kasur mere hours after the horrific Nawabshah train tragedy.

With only a few days left before his government ends, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif kicked off an election campaign trail on Sunday as he addressed a large crowd in Kasur, listing his government’s performances and promising much more if his party was elected into power again.

He vowed that if his party regained power after the elections, it would bring “revolutionary changes” in the agriculture sector, extract minerals worth billions of dollars and equip youth with the latest tools of information technology.

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During the Kasur rally, Shehbaz Sharif joined in his followers’ excitement at PML-N’s election campaign being launched and did an “on-stage dance”. Videos of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif clapping his hands while swaying to the crowd’s chants are going viral on social media.

Netizens did not appreciate the premier’s enthusiasm during the Kasur jalsa as it was bad optics considering the horrific Nawabshah train tragedy that took place earlier in the day.

Interestingly, the prime minister addressed the huge gathering at a time when the Kasur district administration had imposed section 144 of the CrPC in the district that prohibits public gatherings.

Hazara Express accident

At least 30 people were dead and over 100 sustained injuries when 10 bogies of Hazara Express traveling from Karachi to Rawalpindi derailed near Nawab Shah. The injured and bodies were transferred to People Medical University (PMU) Hospital in Nawabshah.

DS Railway Nasir Khalili said trains are facing 12-18 hour delay after the Hazara Express accident. The passengers are being accommodated in the trains and those who don’t want to travel are being refunded the full amount of their tickets.

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Meanwhile, Minister for Railways and Aviation Khawaja Saad Rafique has raised suspicions of sabotage as the potential cause behind the train accident in Nawabshah. Khawaja Saad Rafique said the ‘sabotage’ and ‘mechanical fault’ cannot be ruled out in the major train accident as it was moving on the normal speed.