PM opens two new rail car services


Tariq Virk


Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan inaugurated Mianwali Railcar and Rawalpindi Express on Friday.

According to a statement issued by the Pakistan Railways (PR), the Mianwali Rail Car consists of nine passenger coaches. The manufacturing cost of the rail car was Rs8.5 million, the statement added.

Addressing the ceremony, Railways Minister Sheikh Rasheed said Pakistan Railways is going to increase its freight trains in initial 100 days of this government.

He also informed the participants that Pakistan Railways is working on Quetta –Taftan section. Sheikh Rasheed welcomed the Prime Minister at Gwadar Railway Stationt.

He said that for regional connectivity standard gauge shall be used. On directions of the Prime Minister, he announced that there will be free ticket for senior citizens, aged 75 years. And 50 Percent concession will be given to visually impaired persons.

The railways minister also added that till mid of October two trains will be started in Sindh. He also showed interest in starting Rehman Baba Train.

Rasheed also asked Prime Minister for directions to upgrade the grade of Pakistan Railways laborers.

Mianwali Rail Car will be operational from today. The train will depart from Kundian for Rawalpindi at 7am and depart from Rawalpindi for Kundian at 6pm daily, the statement said.

An online facility is available for passengers to book their seats.

The inauguration ceremony was also attended by PR CEO Aftab Akbar, Secretary Railway Board Farukh Taimur Ghilzai, DG Technical Munawar Shah and DG Operations Maryam Gillani.

Imran to visit Karachi tomorrow

Imran will make his first visit to Karachi after being elected as the premier on Sunday.

During his visit, the premier will go at Quaid Mausoleum and preside over a meeting on law and order situation in Sind where he will be briefed by the security officials.

Sind Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah, DG Rangers Sind Maj-Gen Mohammad Saeed, IG Sindh and high security officials will be also attend the meeting.