Dozen dead as van catches fire in Karachi
According to Additional Inspector General Motorway Police Aftab Pathan, a passenger van, carrying 22 passengers, was coming from Hyderabad to Karachi when it reached near a cement factory on Super Highway in Karachi, it caught fire. As a result, police said, 12 people were burnt alive. Two bodies were taken out of the van. The injured passengers were shifted to nearby hospital for first aid, said the police officer.
AIG Aftab Pathan said that the van overturned due to over speeding and later it caught fire. Unfortunately, he said, at least 12 passengers died on the spot and seven injured were shifted to nearby hospital in Noori Abad. He said luckily one child remained unhurt in the incident.
Provincial Transport Minister Awais Qadir Shah expressed deep regret over the accident. He also sought details of the accident from Karachi commissioner. He said the government would hold complete inquiry of the accident. He said that he was in contact with the IGP, the Karachi commissioner and the district administration.