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Several opposition leaders have called for the resignation and arrest of Railway Minister Sheikh Rasheed after two trains collided near Sadiqabad on Thursday leaving at least 17 people dead and over 80 people injured.
While reminding Prime Minister Imran Khan how he used to give examples of resignations over the accident, Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has asked if PM Khan would ask Rasheed to resign over the incident.
Bilawal while expressing grief over the accident said, “Imran Khan has given many examples of resignation over accidents. Why is he not asking for resignation from his own minister?” He said, “Don’t know how many more lives will be lost because of Sheikh Rasheed’s romance with the ministry.”
The PML-N has submitted a resolution in the Punjab Assembly calling for a case to be registered against Rasheed and his subsequent arrest.
The PPP leader further said Rasheed and Imran Khan were only doing point-scoring, adding that the “the country is also running like the railways’ ministry. Sheikh Rasheed also destroyed the railways during Musharaff’s era.”
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Senior Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Ahsan Iqbal said, “Imran Khan cannot ask for resignation but he can give the ministry to a person who has the time to run it.” Iqbal said that “the prime minister should discourage the trend of false performances.”.
Former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said it was worrying that there was an increase in the number of train accidents. “The reason and motive behind the accident should be brought forward to determine the perpetrators,” the PML-N leader added.
Meanwhile, PML-N leader Tallal Chaudhry called for Sheikh Rasheed to hand in his resignation, adding that “Imran should give some other ministry to Sheikh Rasheed. Imran Khan should determine the safety of the public before running any more trains,” he said.
PML-N Seeks Registration of Case against Rasheed
Furthermore, the PML-N has submitted a resolution in the Punjab Assembly calling for a case to be registered against Rasheed and his subsequent arrest.
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The resolution was submitted by PML-N leader Hina Pervaiz Butt which states, Sheikh Rasheed is responsible for the Akbar Express accident and that the railways’ minister does not have any moral justification to stay on his post.