20 Sikh pil­grims die in train-bus col­li­sion in Pak

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La­hore: At least 20 Pak­istani Sikh pil­grims re­turn­ing from Nankana Sahib were killed when the driver of the mini-bus they were trav­el­ling re­port­edly tried to take a short cut to avoid a shut rail­way cross­ing and rammed the ve­hi­cle into a pas­sen­ger train in Pak­istan’s Pun­jab prov­ince on Fri­day, of­fi­cials said. The mini-bus, car­ry­ing around 26 Sikh pil­grims, all from Pe­shawar, hit the Shah Hus­sain Ex­press which was com­ing from Karachi.

La­hore: At least 19 Pak­istani Sikh pil­grims were killed when a mini-bus car­ry­ing them rammed into a pas­sen­ger train at a rail­way cross­ing in Pak­istan’s Pun­jab prov­ince on Fri­day, of­fi­cials said. There have been con­flict­ing re­ports about the death toll as police and res­cue of­fi­cials con­firmed 20 dead while the rail­ways put the fig­ure at 15. But the Evac­uee Trust Prop­erty Board (ETPB) in­sisted that a to­tal of 29 peo­ple, in­clud­ing 19 Sikh pil­grims, lost their lives in the ac­ci­dent. How­ever, the police and ETPB con­firmed that the dead in­cluded 19 Sikhs who be­longed to Pe­shawar. The mini-bus car­ry­ing Sikh pil­grims, who were re­turn­ing from Nankana Sahib in Pun­jab, hit the Shah Hus­sain Ex­press which was com­ing from Karachi to La­hore at a cross­ing near Sheikhupur­a dis­trict at around 1.30 pm, of­fi­cials said.

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