LAHORE: Online ticketing has been restored at 60 stations across the country by Pakistan Railways (PR) IT Directorate officials, who are also working to recover the records.
According to a senior PR official, the PR management has formed two committees to investigate the Jan 26 device failure that was restored by the use of the National Telecom Corporation’s host server.
“We are currently trying to recover information that has so far been recovered from the payroll and other financial management/transactions,” PR Chief Commercial Officer Farooq Iqbal Malik told Dawn on Thursday.
Efforts are now ongoing to retrieve other critical data, such as freight management systems and other applications/data,” Malik, who also holds the PR IT director’s additional charge, maintained.”
He said that because the team’s core goal was to repair the online reservation system and first retrieve records, the reasons behind the glitch have yet to be figured out. He said two committees had been formed to examine the issue.7
“One is an internal body, the other an external committee. There are some senior officials in the internal commission, including additional general managers and general managers (all of whom are grade-20/21 officers). I am expected to assist this committee as the IT directorate’s office head,’ he explained, adding that the external committee, chaired by an independent private sector IT specialist, was set up on the orders of Minister of Railways Azam Khan Swati.
On Thursday, the ministry released transfer/posting orders from different senior officials, including the divisional superintendent (Lahore).
Muhammad Hafeezullah (Project Management Unit head / BS-20) was moved and posted as property and land director general, according to a notification released on Thursday.
Pervaiz Ahmad (Director of Property / Ground, BS-20) has been moved and put in charge of the PMU. Amir Nisar Chaudhry (DS, Lahore, BS-19) was transferred and promoted to the rank of chief engineer (surveys & construction).
Muhammad Nasir Khalily (Deputy Project Director/BS-19) was transferred and appointed as Lahore DS. Qamarul Zaman Bhatti’s (Joint Director of the PR Walton Training Academy, BS-19) services were made available to the CEO for his further appointment as director (property/land, Rawalpindi/Peshawar). Deputy chief engineer (track) Amjad Iqbal was transferred and posted as manager (property/land, Lahore and Multan). The Ministry also posted Shah Rukh Afshar as GM health and special projects in another notice.
“The suspension of officers is also expected in the coming days to keep in mind the findings of the Jan 26 e-system and server breakdown investigations,” the official PR source told this writer.