At least 18 people were killed and 41 others injured in a bus accident in Khuzdar district of Balochistan.
According to officials, the accident took place at around 4 am on Friday in Khori area, about 40 km from Khuzdar. The pilgrims were returning from Khuzdar to Dadu in Sindh.
Khuzdar Levies sources told VOA that the pilgrims had come to the shrine of Sufi saint Pir Abdul Qadir to attend the Urs.
According to Levies, when the convoy of pilgrims left for Dadu in the morning, a passenger bus crashed at Khori, killing 15 people on the spot.
After the incident, Levies, police, FC and Deputy Commissioner Khuzdar rushed to the spot and took part in the rescue operation.
The 44 injured were shifted to Khuzdar Civil Hospital.
Later, three more people succumbed to their injuries at Khuzdar Civil Hospital. The condition of 10 of the injured is said to be critical. Who have been shifted to Karachi. Meanwhile, six seriously injured pilgrims were also airlifted from Khuzdar to CMH Hospital in Quetta.
According to sources, the accident took place due to high speed and all the passengers sitting on the roof of the passenger bus were killed on the spot.
Authorities fear more casualties in the crash. The majority of the dead are said to be from Dadu and other cities in Sindh.
Eight thousand accidents a year
According to NGO figures, more people are being killed in traffic accidents in Balochistan than in any other.
There is no motorway in the province. The non-implementation of traffic rules on the national highway is said to be the cause of these accidents.
Meanwhile, at the request of political and social parties, the government has set up Rescue 1122 Rescue Centers to reduce the death rate during traffic accidents on Balochistan's national highways. In 2020, these centers were set up at 15 locations in different districts.
According to the officials of Rescue 1122 Centers, there have been 8,000 traffic accidents in Balochistan in 2020 in which 178 people were killed and about 10,000 injured.
These figures are for accidents that occur in only 1,500 km of the 4,000 km of highways in Balochistan.