10 Pakistanis dead, 1 critically injured in Madinah bus crash

The accident occurred 170 km from Madinah. (Nabd)
Updated 18 October 2019

10 Pakistanis dead, 1 critically injured in Madinah bus crash

  • Pakistan consulate in Riyadh confirms 11 nationals were onboard the unfortunate bus
  • Authorities trying to identify casualties through DNA tests

ISLAMABAD: At least 10 Pakistanis have lost their lives in the tragic bus accident near Madinah, official at Pakistan embassy in Riyadh said on Friday.
“10 Pakistanis lost their lives while one is critically injured,” Abdul Shakoor Sheikh, community welfare attaché at Pakistan’s embassy in Riyadh told Arab News.
Officials are making efforts to identify the casualties through DNA tests, he said.
Thirty-five Arab and Asian pilgrims were killed and four others injured in a bus crash on Wednesday near the Muslim holy city of Madinah, while traveling from Medina to Makkah for pilgrimage.
Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi Thursday night expressed profound grief and sorrow over the tragic road accident in Saudi Arabia.
According to media reports, the accident happened when a privately chartered bus carrying 39 passengers collided with a loader near Madinah at about 7pm on Wednesday.
“Of the four survivors… there is one Pakistani named Mr. Akbar, who is seriously injured,” Pakistan’s foreign office said in a press statement on Wednesday night.
“The Pakistan Consulate General in Jeddah has established contact with him and is in touch with the concerned Saudi authorities and staff of the King Fahad Hospital, Madinah, to ascertain details of casualties of Pakistani nationals,” statement read.
Reacting to the development, the foreign minister said his ministry was in touch with the Saudi authorities to ascertain the causes of the accident.
“Our diplomatic mission is in contact with the Saudi authorities to ensure that the injured get the best medical facilities and the bodies of the deceased are smoothly flown back to Pakistan,” Qureshi added.


STV leads fundraising for new digital freight platform

Updated 24 min 11 sec ago

STV leads fundraising for new digital freight platform

LONDON: Saudi Technology Ventures (STV) has led a $23 million Series A funding round in TruKKer, a MENA digital freight platform.

It included International Finance Corporation (IFC), Endeavor Catalyst Fund and MEVP, as new investors to the platform, as well as existing investors such as Riyad TAQNIA Fund, Oman Technology Fund, Iliad Partners, and Shorooq Ventures.

“The latest funding round will be instrumental as we target significant strengthening of our operations, infrastructure, expansion of our team and further enhancements to our technology and R&D,” said TruKKer founder Gaurav Biswas. “We are evolving rapidly to become the region’s trucking freight exchange that facilitates
transparency and efficiency
advantages for our users.”