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Federal Railways Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmad yesterday said that Prime Minister Imran Khan has allowed to resume train services from Wednesday across Pakistan on partial basis.
Rashid also said that PM has given the permission for resuming train operation along with a condition to strictly follow all the standard operation procedures (SOPs) laid down by the government in the wake of coronavirus spread.
While talking to the journalist during a presser, the minister said: “No one will be allowed inside the stations without having a ticket. Nearly 7,000 police officers have been deployed at the stations in Karachi, Lahore, Multan, Rawalpindi, Peshawar, and Quetta and also an emergency has been imposed.”
Police officials would ensure that nobody could enter the station without tickets, said Rashid.
“In case of any violation of the SOPs, divisional head would be held responsible and will have to face the consequences,” the federal minister added.
Moreover, Rashid also said that “if it is witnessed that the situation of the coronavirus spread remains satisfactory during the current month, then all train services will be resumed across the country from June 1.”
The minister also acknowledged the NDMA chairperson, the members of the cabinet and said that “I am grateful to NDMA Chairperson Lt Gen Muhammad Afzal, Federal Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar, Advisor to Prime Minister on Finance and Revenue Hafeez Shaikh, for making a positive decision in this regard.”
Rashid also told the media persons that “due to the halt in the railway operations, we were suffering losses worth Rs5 billion per month.”