Tezgam Tragedy

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There have been a lot of let­ters on the tragic rail­way in­ci­dent that re­sulted in so many fa­tal­i­ties. Var­i­ous ex­am­ples are be­ing cited but the Tezgam tragedy is a dif­fer­ent af­fair. The ma­jor­ity of the peo­ple wants Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad's res­ig­na­tion be­cause be­ing the Rail­ways Min­is­ter he failed to en­sure the safety of the train. How­ever, the res­ig­na­tion of Sheikh Rasheed is not the so­lu­tion to the prob­lem. The root cause needs to be at­tended to which is a vi­o­la­tion of bag­gage rules. The ques­tion that arises is that when the law of the land for­bids such items as gas cylin­ders to be car­ried in trains or buses, why is the rule vi­o­lated? We need to do a thor­ough check of the bag­gage of trav­ellers as it is done at air­ports. Once an unau­tho­rized ma­te­rial is re­cov­ered, the per­son should be tried sum­mar­ily oth­er­wise we will be chas­ing shad­ows in the dark.

Mukhtar Ahmed, Brad­ford, UK.

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