29 Jun 2017
Pakistan Bahawalpur oil tanker fire: Death toll reaches 165
The death toll in Pakistan's Bahawalpur oil tanker fire has gone up to 165, with five more people succumbing to their injuries today, including the driver.
Identification of 125 people had been done through DNA; the process was still underway for the others.
Over 40 victims are still battling for their lives in hospitals in Multan and Lahore.
25 Jun 2017
What had happened?
An oil tanker caught fire in Bahawalpur in Pakistan's Punjab province on 25th June The tanker skidded and toppled and the people rushed to collect the fuel that was leaking.
The fire burnt everyone and charred the bodies beyond recognition. The death toll is expected to rise as many more may die in the hospital.
Fire brigade had started the rescue mission immediately.
25 Jun 2017
PM, President and Army chief express grief
Official broadcaster Radio Pakistan announced that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and President Mamnoon Hussain had expressed deep regret and anguish over the tragic accident in Bahawalpur.
Pakistani military's spokesperson Major General Asif Ghafoor also announced that the Pakistan Army chief Qamar Javed Bajwa had been overcome with grief over the lives lost in the fire.
Imran Khan grieves the death of those killed in Bahawalpur
Imran Khan, former cricketer and Chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf in a tweet said "Shocking & heartbreaking tragedy this morning in Ahmedpur Sharkia: oil tanker blaze killing 200. A national tragedy of epic proportions."