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Sheikh Rasheed announces to suspend all trains after PM’s endorsement


Syed Umarullah HussainiWeb Editor

24th March, 2020
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Decision has been taken to run 5 more trains, Sheikh Rasheed

Federal Minister for Railways Sheikh Rasheed has said on Tuesday that the decision regarding suspension of rail service will be taken after consulting Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan.

In a statement, the minister said that trains cannot stopped on their ways.

He further complained over not taking him into confidence ahead of imposing the lockdown in the country.

He said that Pakistan Railways earned from passengers to pay the salaries of railway staff and ,middle and poor class used railways as effective tool of transportation.

The minister said that the Sindh government did not inform prior to the Ministry of Railways about lock down, causing panic for passengers.

“It was dire need to continue freight trains as it was mandatory to shift crops, edibles and other items from one place to other parts of the country,” he said.

He said that Pakistan Railways earned Rs10 billion profit during last fiscal year and after payment of petroleum charges and procurement of engines, it successfully saved Rs. 4bn.

It should be noted that the Railways Ministry  had already suspended 44 trains in order to curb the spread of deadly coronavirus.
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