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PMLN not in any deal with PPP: Saad Rafique

PMLN not in any deal with PPP: Saad Rafique
April 2, 2017

LAHORE (92 News) – Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique has said that Pakistan Muslim-League Nawaz is not in any deal with the Pakistan People’s Party.


Addressing the induction ceremony of modern 4000-Horse Power Freight Engines, imported from US, in Lahore on Sunday, he said that neither is there any deal between PMLN and PPP nor have we tried to make any.


Criticizing the PPP, he said that Sindh government wants such an IG who is a secretary of their house.


The minister said that PPP has ruined Sindh.


He also urged the PTI Chairman Imran Khan to avoid politics on the national tragedies.


Earlier, he said that Pakistan Railways has purchased a total of 55 Locomotives from USA, out of which 14 have reached Pakistan. The remaining will be provided by July this year.


He said that the purchase of these state-of-the-art engines has been done under the Pakistan's vision 2025, so that the freight share of Railways to be enhanced.


The Minister said that out of 55 engines, 22 will be used for transportation of coal to the Sahiwal Coal Power Plant while the rest will be used for freight trains.


The Railways minister said that the probe report regarding the recent accident on Sheikhupura-Nabi Pur railway crossing will be completed soon. He said that the accident was not due to drivers' negligence.


He announced a financial compensation worth Rs 12 lac and Rs 9 lac for the families of driver and assistant driver of the train respectively. He also announced plots worth Rs 5 million and job for one person each, for the departed families.


He said that the work on the latest signals system will have been completed before the work on CPEC is over. He said that Punjab government has cooperated regarding the installation of gates on railway crossings while Sindh government has also provided funds for installation of ten gates.


He said that a proposal is also under consideration for construction of under-passes on railway crossings to avoid accidents in future.


Railways Minister said that due to successful government measures on war footings, the losses of Pakistan Railways have considerably been reduced.