The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia expressed its deep sorrow over the collision of two passenger trains in the southern Pakistani province of Sindh, which resulted in deaths and injuries.
The Ministry expressed its sincere condolences and sympathy to the families of the dead, and to the leadership, government and people of Pakistan, wishing the injured a speedy recovery.
Earlier in the day, at least 41 people were killed and more than 100 others were injured, after two trains collided in southern Pakistan on Monday, the state railways authority said.
Rescue teams rushed the injured to nearby hospitals, where the death toll is expected to rise as many of the injured are described as critical, said Syed Ijaz Al-Hassan, a spokesman for Pakistan Railways.
The accident occurred early this morning, in the southern province of Sindh, when the “Milat Express” train from the coastal city of Karachi derailed and was hit by the Sir Syed Express a short time later.
The two tracks were closed, while operations were underway to retrieve the bodies of the dead and injured from the wreckage.
The media wing of the Pakistani army said in a statement that the army has sent troops, two helicopters, doctors and paramedics, to speed up the pace of rescue and relief efforts.
The local media showed pictures of several wagons in the fields. Rescue workers were seen trying to reach people trapped inside the wrecked train compartments.
Reports indicated that it took the rescuers a few hours to reach the site and begin their work.
For his part, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan said he was “shocked” by the accident and ordered investigations to be launched into “malfunctions related to the safety of railways”.
Rail accidents are common in Pakistan, as the railway tracks laid by British colonialists in the Indian subcontinent nearly a century ago are rarely upgraded.