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‘Parents of children playing at railway tracks to face action’

LAHORE: "Parents of children playing cricket at the railway tracks will be taken into custody", warned Federal Minister for Railways, Sheikh Rasheed on Saturday. Rasheed said schools and small factories built near railway tracks will be closed, "action will continue against people who are occupying railways' land", said the railways minister. Briefing the media after chairing meeting of the department at Railways' headquarters in Lahore today, Rasheed announced to reduce railway fares of economy class by 30 percent.…

Pakistan fully backs CPEC, says railways minister

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Railways Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad on Tuesday said that Pakistan fully backed the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project. "Besides upgradation of Main Line-1 (ML-1), we also require Chinese assistance in other projects," he said while talking to a delegation of Chinese Railways officials in Islamabad. The minister said a long term plan was also being prepared for the development of Pakistan Railways. He said the railways would soon launch two new trains which will be inaugurated by the prime…

Railways minister asks contract officers getting high salaries to resign

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Railways Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad on Saturday asked the contract officers getting high salaries to leave their jobs within one week themselves. "We will find a middle way about 4,000 employees on contract," he said while talking to newsmen in Lahore. He said effective measures would be taken to improve the living standard of railway employees and new residences would be built for them. The minister said that work would be done in double shifts at the Railways Carriage Factory Islamabad and…

Railways losses: Supreme Court seeks audit report in six weeks

LAHORE: The Supreme Court on Saturday ordered the authorities concerned to submit a report on audited accounts of the loss-making Pakistan Railways within six weeks’ time. A two-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar, gave this order during hearing of a case pertaining to the colossal losses of Rs60 billion incurred by the railways. Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique, who appeared before the bench in response to court summons, told the judges that not only the people but the government…

Paragon City: Supreme Court asks Saad Rafique to submit affidavit

LAHORE: The Supreme Court on Saturday directed Federal Minister for Railway Khawaja Saad Rafique to submit an affidavit, proving that he doesn't have any role in the Paragon City housing scheme. A three-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar, was hearing a case pertaining to Paragon City at the apex court's Lahore registry. The minister appeared before the bench, stating that while he didn't have any connection with the Paragon City, his voters and supporters were shareholders in the project.…

Defiance to ‘anti-democratic elements’ sole crime of Sharif: Saad Rafique

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Railways Saad Rafique on Saturday said that a malicious campaign against Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has been underway for last four years. In a series of tweets, Rafique lambasted at Sheikh Rasheed and Imran Khan for apparently spearheading the campaign against former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. عمران اورشیخ رشید جیسے لوگ پکستان اور جمہوریت دشمنوں کی کٹھ پتلیاں ھیں-ھم پر مسلسل کیچڑ اچھالنے کا مقصد جمہوریت گرا کر ملک کمزور کرنا ھے — Khawaja Saad Rafique (@KhSaad_Rafique)…

‘Responsible people behind Lodhran train accident will not be spared’

LAHORE: Federal Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique said on Saturday that responsible people because of whose negligence the Lodhran train accident happened would not be spared. Speaking in Lahore, the minister informed the media that police officials have arrested drivers of the two trains and gatekeeper and added that an investigation team also visited the accident spot to get a clear view of what might have happened. He said that an inquiry report into the accident was expected in the next 24 hours.…