41 passengers killed in Lasbela road accident

-President, PM express deep grief over loss of lives in Balochistan
Bus mishap
-Balochistan CM orders inquiry to hold culprits responsible
-Officials say accident occurred due to over-speeding

LASBELA: At least 41 people were killed after a passenger coach fell into a ravine in Balochistan’s Lasbela on Sunday morning, according to officials.
Lasbela Assistant Commissioner Hamza Anjum, while confirming the incident, told media that the vehicle, with nearly 48 pas-sengers on board, was travelling from Quetta to Karachi.
“Due to speeding, the coach crashed into the pillar of a bridge while taking a U-turn near Lasbela. The vehicle subsequently ca-reened into a ravine and then caught fire,” he said. Anjum added that three people, including a child and a woman, have been rescued alive and moved to Civil Hospital, Lasbela. However, one of the injured persons succumbed to his injuries on the way to the hospital.
The officer said the bodies have been moved to the Edhi mortuary in Karachi. He added that the bodies recovered from the wrecked bus were unidentifiable and DNA testing will be done for the identification of the deceased.
President Dr Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif expressed their deep grief and sorrow over loss of lives in a tragic bus accident.
In a statement, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif expressed deep sorrow and grief over the lives lost. He offered condolences to the bereaved families and prayer for the victims. The premier directed the authorities concerned to provide the injured with the best medical facilities.
Balochistan Chief Minister Mir Abdul Quddus Bizenjo also expressed grief and sorrow over the lives lost in the accident. He directed the district administration to provide the injured passengers with health facilities.
Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah expressed grief over the tragedy and extended condolences to the bereaved families.
Ramshackle highways, lax safety measures and reckless driving contribute to Pakistan’s dire road safety record.
Passenger buses are frequently crammed to capacity and seatbelts are not commonly worn, meaning high death tolls from sin-gle-vehicle accidents are common. According to World Health Organisation estimates, more than 27,000 people were killed on Pa-kistan’s roads in 2018.
In June last year, at least 22 people were killed, including nine members of a family, when a passenger van fell into a ravine near Qila Saifullah district of northern Balochistan.
The van, carrying 23 passengers and en route to Zhob from Loralai, fell into the 200-foot-deep ravine when it reached the Akh-tarzai area. The lone survivor — a 13-year-old boy — was taken to hospital in a critical condition, said Hafiz Muhammad Qasim Kakar, the deputy commissioner of Qila Saifullah. –Agencies