A Pakistan train driver and his assistant have been suspended after their video of stopping the train to buy some yoghurt went viral on social media.
The incident took place on Monday near the Kanha railway station. The had started its journey from Lahore and was moving south towards Karachi.
In the video, the driver's assistant can be seen buying yoghurt from a street stall and boarding back on to the train.
The video went viral on social media in no time, prompting mixed reactions from netizens. While some laughed it off, some raised several questions over the security and management of the railways department.
Dahi liya'na,, whiskey tho'nahi liyana wo..— Ak (@Mohammedakram_1) December 8, 2021
Maybe some personal digestion problem issue, that so they need to have soft food.
If incase train stop for bypass another train on that time what were should do govn..
Oh bhai dahi hi to li— SHADES (@7ShadesCollect1) December 8, 2021
Yea to koi baat hi nai hai jab passengers ko masla nai huwa is video banane wale ko kyun itni bechaini huwi.😄😄😄
Bhai may-ray! Shoukk Barhi Chizz hai! Jinay ka doosra naam!🤔🙂👌👍— Ashok Sircar (@AshokSircar) December 9, 2021
Shukar kro ye train ka driver hi hai...— Jaskeerat Singh (@jaskeerat11) December 8, 2021
Agr pilot hota to jahaaz pta ni kaha kaha land krwata....
"Imma pick that curd real quick, nobody gonna know, will be great after Biryani"😂😂😂😂😂 https://t.co/ICM3EQZn2u— pal (@xdantkillmyvibe) December 9, 2021
After the clip went viral, Pakistan Minister for Railways Azam Khan Swati ordered the Pakistan Railways Lahore administration to suspend driver Rana Mohammad Shehzad and his assistant Iftikhar Hussain, Dawn reported.
"I will not tolerate such events in the future and allow anyone to use national assets for personal use," the minister warned in a statement.
"When you stop a train in the middle (of the tracks) it becomes a safety issue. Safety is our priority. We cannot tolerate anything which compromises safety," Syed Ijaz-ul-Hassan Shah, a spokesman for the railway ministry, told AFP.
The incident has raised questions regarding the safety and regulation of railways in Pakistan where accidents are common due to neglect and mismanagement.
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