Mumbai, June 25: Over 141 people were burnt alive and 60 others were left injured as an oil tanker caught fire in Pakistan, as reported by Geo news. The incident took place in Bahawalpur city of Pakistan’s Punjab state. As reported by a Pakistan newspaper, the tanker carrying oil caught fire on Sunday morning after it overturned. People gathered around the tanker to collect oil before the vehicle burst into flames. Reportedly, at least six cars and 12 motorcycles were damaged in this fire incident. The fire tank apparently exploded due to fuel leakage from its damaged container.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif assured the government of Punjab Province for “full medical assistance” and expressed his grief towards this unfortunate incident. According to reports, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif took a note of this oil tanker fire incident and immediately ordered government officials to file a report. Dawn also reports that Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa orders army to assist the civil administration in the rescue effort. Many army helicopters were also sent to the spot to take the injured people to hospitals. The rescue officials reportedly took the injured civilians to District Headquarters Hospital and Bahawal Victoria Hospital. Dawn mentions in its unconfirmed reports that around 123 people have succumbed to this massive fire. District Headquarters Hospital and Bahawal Victoria Hospital. The fire was taken under control by two fire engines battles.
Director of Punjab provincial rescue services, Dr Rizwan Naseer said that rescuers are recovering the badly burnt bodies. Many of these bodies are beyond recognition, reports news agency AP. Different newspapers are giving out different figures of people who died in the fire. However, the final number is yet to come out. Those injured in this incident are shifted to Victoria Hospital for medical assistance.
Many ministers in Pakistan has condemned this unfortunate incident. Asif Ghafoor, Inter-Services Public Relations Director-General Major General has expressed grief over the loss of lives in the incident. He ensured to help in the rescue efforts. Pakistan’s Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairperson has also condemned the incident.He tweeted that he has asked the leadership present in the area to provide immediate assistance to the injured and victims’ families.