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December 30, 2007

Railways network suffers billions of rupees losses


December 30, 2007


Caretaker Federal Minister for Railways, Mansoor Tariq has said that miscreants have inflicted billions of rupees damage to railway property in the country particularly Sindh.

Talking to a TV channel Saturday, he said these miscreants in the disguise of protest over sad demise of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, damaged railway property and its network.

Mansoor Tariq said that the whole nation was shocked over the killing of Benazir Bhutto. He and other members of the cabinet also shared the grief of Pakistan People’s Party and a meeting of federal cabinet on Friday condemned the sad incident and expressed profound shock and grief over the sad demise of Benazir Bhutto. He said that the incident was a conspiracy against the country and democracy.

About the extent of damage caused, he said it would take about 20 to 30 days to make the railways system operational. They burnt about five trains in Karachi. The whole system collapsed in Sukkar. The miscreants damaged production storeroom in Sukkar. They also damaged a rehabilitation track from Karachi to Lahore, he said.

He added that one engine was worth crore of rupees. Also the bogeys were set on fire, besides great damage to the railway track.

The Minister said that the railways have to start the rehabilitation work. But the workers were afraid of going to field for repairs. The minister said that the miscreants damaged tracks, and bridges, set wooden track on bridges on fire. Now, the train could not pass through this damaged bridge. The Minister said that all stations of Karachi have been closed. The Sukkar station has also stopped functioning while Tando Adam was also damaged.

The Minister said that the passengers were the worst sufferers of this tragedy, as they have been stranded. The railways also have to refund their fare. He said that with this enormous damage, transportation of passengers was not possible.

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