Ali Khan Mandokhail:

ZHOB: At least 19 people were killed when a passenger bust fell into a ravine in the Dana Sar area on the Quetta-Islamabad highway on Sunday morning. Mehtab Shah, Assistant Commissioner Sherani said that 14 passengers were also injured as a result of the deadly incident. Five students identified as Attique Khan, Muhammad Nawaz, Anwar ul Haq, Muhammad Idrees and Allauddin were also among the dead, Mr. Shah informed. He said two students Aurangzaib Khan and Sadat Khan sustained serious injuries in the incident.

The bus was coming from Rawalpindi to Quetta when it fell into a deep ravine in the Dana Sar rugged mountains, Mr. Shah informed. “Over speeding and rainfall in the area caused the incident”, the Assistant Commissioner explained.

Women, children, and two students were also among the dead. Four dead bodies were brought to the district headquarters hospital Zhob. “Remaining dead bodies would be shifted to the hospital soon”, the AC informed.

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All of the injured in the deadly traffic accident were evacuated and brought to Zhob district headquarters hospital for medical treatment. An emergency was imposed in the hospital to provide medical treatment to the injured in the traffic accident.

Levies personnel and senior administration officers reached the spot as an investigation into the incident went underway. Reckless driving and narrow roads continue to cause deadly traffic accidents in Balochistan. Such untoward and deadly accidents have become the order of the day on all national highways of Balochistan linking the province with the rest of the country.

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Balochistan covers half of the country in terms of area. However, the province has not a single motorway. Masses of Balochistan and political parties have demanded of the federal government to start work on the dualization of the Quetta Karachi and Zhob highways to reduce the number of increasing traffic accidents in the province.

Chief Minister Balochistan, Mir Quddus Bizenjo has expressed grief and sorrow over the deadly traffic accident. In a condolence statement issued after the incident, Mr. Bizenjo directed the administration to provide better medical treatment to the injured in the traffic accident.

Journalists Mir Salam Jogezai in Quetta, Mohibullah Khan in Quetta, and Sardar Muhammad Khondai in Chaman also contributed to this reportĀ 


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