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PR No. 212 Islamabad

Pakistan Railways may increase its role as regulator so that process, of providing travelling facilities to passengers, can be made easy, fast and comprehensive. After World War II, no investment and value addition has happened on Railways in our region, said Federal Minister for Railways, Khawaja Saad Rafique. But now we cannot live with this century old system. Pakistan Railways is not only being reinstated but it will fulfill the requirements of an outstanding railway and will make an exalted institution. Either due to thousand billion rupees investment under CPEC or due to the profit of railways, that has surpassed two times, the time has come to fulfill the dream of up-to-date railways. He was addressing the high-level meeting on the progress of running rail car between Rawalpindi and Kohat, at Railway Headquarter.

He further added that vast changes are going to be brought in rail service in Sindh, especially between Mirpur Khas and Hyderabad, while it is being extended to Karachi as well. The work on Sibi and Harnai section is also on pace. Railways Minister was being informed that the Rawalpindi Kohat section is also going to be fixed along with construction of Kohat Railway Station which will be completed in three to four months. Saad asked to expedite the work of maintenance.

He also asked to use new bogies of rail cars between Rawalpindi and Kohat, and the fare shall be less than the road transport, so a gift can be given to KPK public as being promised by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. During the meeting, the Minister was briefed about the speed, time and facilities of trains, which run between big cities. He also added that it’s the time that in accordance with modern and developed countries, Pakistan Railways may increase its role as regulator so that process, of providing travelling facilities to passengers, can be made easy, fast and comprehensive. The meeting was also attended by Pakistan Railways Chief Executive Officer Javed Anwar, Member of Finance Mustafa, the GM Infrastructure Humayun Rashid, and Additional GM Traffic Abdul Hamid Razi, the GM Mechanical Ansar Billah, CMM Naveed Mubashar, COPS Waqar Shahid and other officers.

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