KARACHI, Nov 07 (APP): Federal Minister for Railways, Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed said that an amount of Rs.6 billion would be paid to all pensioners from Grade1 to Grade16 within half and a month as they were not paid since the last four years.
He expressed these views while addressing a press conference here on Saturday. As many as 14 kilometres track of Karachi Circular Railways (KCR) has been cleared up to Orangi, the federal minister uttered, maintaining “we are ready as we have done our part of the work and it is work on the part of Sindh government to build underpasses and bridges.”
He further informed that 15 KCR coaches out of 40 are manufactured, and he believes that the rest of the 25 coaches will be manufactured by the time bridges and underpasses are built by the provincial government. Pointing out the issue of Tijori Height, the federal minister said that the poor should be careful of land-grabbers who have occupied the land of railways illegally because Pakistan Railways owns this land and has paid for it. They cannot complain to us, if anyone has lost his or her money, Sheikh cleared.
We held the meeting different people, the federal minister told, suggesting that they should come for the lease of land or property under the rules. We have increased 25% on the overwork of 33,000 technical employees, he stated, adding “we wish to extend the CPEC from Karachi to Peshawar and then to Jalalabad as the trade volume could be increased. You will get something new from Gilgit-Baltistan after 16 November as all parties are there for elections campaigns”, he said, that they are participating in the elections but we would see whether losers would accept the results not.
Appreciating the statement of Chairman Pakistan People Party (PPP), Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that his statement was appreciable in which the chairman cleared that in the meeting of PDM before Jalsa, no decision was taken to talk against any institution. PMLN and its leadership are taking politics to a closed street, he said, adding that “during my career as politician, I did not see any political leader who did not prefer dialogue over any other option. Prime Minister clearly said that they were ready to hold dialogues on all issues except NAB cases and NRO, he informed.
Replying to a question, the federal minister said that there was neither chance of presidential system, nor martial law in the country, maintaining that the government would complete its constitutional tenure. Replying to another question, Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed stated that five freight trains had been privatized and 12 passenger trains would be privatized soon because it had increased the revenue by 25 percent.
The government would privatise all freight trains because they were generating more revenues, he reaffirmed, articulating that the privatisation did not mean to handover all things to private sector but the government would have power to oversee the matters
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