Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique has offered to run special train on the death anniversary of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto to facilitate people who wanted to attend it.
Talking to media, he said, “I have extended offer as goodwill gesture to opposition leader in National Assembly Syed Kahursheed Shah and Qamar Zaman Kaira for running special train on death anniversary of Benazir Bhutto. He said Shaheed Benazir Bhutto was not the leader of Pakistan but was also an international leader and her death was also a national tragedy. To a question, he said Pakistan Railways has so far leased out over 1000 acres of land in Karachi Peshawar and Lahore. Khawaja Saad Rafique said that the annual income from the land is Rs.158.38 million. He said inquiry is underway to investigate the leases which were given on lesser rates.
On a question about Quetta-Chaman track, the Minister said land has been encroached by certain tribes and the Railways will soon start action to retrieve it.
On installing gates at various railways crossings the Minister said we have banned any manned or unmanned level crossings. For this purpose over or under head bridges can be constructed by provincial governments or local governments.
Khawaja Saad said Pakistan Railways has a number of plans to convert the railways lands into profitable ventures.
The Minister said eight locomotives were working on freight when the PML-N government came to power. This number has now increased to 20.