Explosives planted at railway track: minister

FAISALABAD: Federal Minister for Railway Khawaja Saad Rafiq said the blast in Jaffar Express was made through an explosive devise at railway tracks.

Addressing a press conference at Circuit House here on Monday, the minister said terrorists targeting innocent people, if terrorists have any difference, could be resolved through dialogue,he added.

The minister said though the railway was facing severe deficit, yet they had devised a comprehensive strategy to make it a productive institution.

He said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had assigned him a special task to improve the railways  and the task would accomplish soon.

He said, “We do not want privatization of Pakistan Railways rather we intend to decrease its deficit and make it a productive and profit making department.”

The minister said, “When I became minister, the Pakistan Railway had swallowed Rs.80 billion of other departments whereas the process continued at a rate of Rs.30 billion per annum.

I introduced some reforms due to which the Pakistan Railway witnessed an increase of Rs 2.18 billion in its revenue during three months.”

“I was told that out of order locomotives could not be repaired but we worked day and night and succeeded in bringing 25 locomotives on track, which are now successfully running with freight trains,” he added.