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Cylinder Did NOT Cause Tezgam Train Fire: Eyewitness Disputes Sheikh Rasheed’s Claim

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An eyewitness of the Tezgam train fire, which occurred near Liaquatpur city in Rahim Yar Khan district today, has disputed Railways Minister Sheikh Rasheed’s statement that the incident resulted from a cylinder blast.

Three carriages of the Tezgam train, which was bound from Karachi to Rawalpindi, caught fire on Thursday morning, resulting in the deaths of more than 70 people.

Following the incident, Railways Minister Sheikh Rasheed stated to media that the fired resulted from a cylinder blast that occurred in the morning. He added that the gas cylinders were being carried by Tableegi Jamaat members.

In a video that has gone viral on social media, an eyewitness can be seen as saying that the fire did not result from a gas cylinder blast as all the cylinders were emptied before they were carried on to the train.

He added that the fire started in the AC sleeper, where there were no cylinders present.

He claimed that railway personnel had informed passengers that the fire was the result of a short circuit in the ceiling fan which had not been repaired for the last four days.

He further said that there were no fire extinguishers in the carriages.

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