Prime Minister AJK Chaudhry Abdul Majeed while showing regret over the loss of lives in the incident directed the hospital authorities to provide best medical treatment to the injured. He has also summoned the report of the accident.
The ill-fated bus was on its way to Forward Kahuta from Rawalpindi, police said.
Police and rescue officials said the incident took place near Sirian area of Azad Jammu & Kashmir where the bus skidded off a mountainous road and fell into a deep ravine. Police said the accident happed due to slippery roads.
Police and rescue teams, with the help of local people, kicked off rescue operations and retrieved the injured and dead. The injured were shifted in army hospital in Forward Kahuta. All the passengers killed in the incident belong to forward Kahuta. The drive and conductor were also among the dead.
“The accident occurred around 5:00 am. We have moved the injured to hospitals and handed over dead bodies to the relatives,” local administration official Sardar Shahbaz Ali said.