CM Murad Ali announces compensation for Hazara Train Accident Victims, expresses confidence in PPP’s future

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Thatta: The Chief Minister, Syed Murad Ali, announced a compensation of Rs1 million for each individual killed in the Hazara Train accident near Nawabshah. He also declared compensation rates of Rs200,000 and Rs500,000 for the injured and severely injured, respectively. He mentioned visiting the accident site and the hospital to see the injured. In response to queries, he expressed uncertainty about whether the incident was terrorism-related or due to technical problems. An inquiry by Pakistan Railways was underway, and Railway Minister Khwaja Saad Rafiq had already initiated an inquiry.

Regarding the census approved by the CCI, the chief minister clarified that it would not impact the assembly seats. He stated that even after the census approval, Sindh’s 61 national assembly seats would remain unchanged. He dismissed concerns that delimitation would cause election delays, expressing confidence that the process would be completed efficiently and that elections would occur within three months.

Addressing his role as caretaker chief minister, Murad Shah noted that he was currently working in his office. He mentioned planning a three-month leave for election campaigning to showcase the PPP’s five-year performance. He believed the people would vote PPP back into power.

Murad Shah anticipated Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Chairman of PPP, becoming the next prime minister of Pakistan. He recalled PPP’s history of forming governments in KPK and stated confidence in forming a government in Balochistan. He expected PPP to secure a significant number of seats in Punjab, contributing to Bilawal’s candidacy for prime minister.

Responding to inquiries, the chief minister informed that the FWO had built the Karachi-Thatta dual carriageway, which had developed road damage due to heavy rains. Discussions with partners (FWO) were held, and repairs for the road were planned.

Hanif Samoon is a senior journalist based at Thar/Badin and contributes reports from different districts of Sindh to Minute Mirror. He has won a number of awards, including the Agahi Award twice for his stories on health and child rights. He tweets @HanifSamoon1 and can be reached through email at