KARACHI: Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed, Federal Minister for Railways, said Pakistan Railways is now looking to the Sindh government to do its share of the Karachi Circular Railway (KCR) job because PR has already done its part.
Rasheed said that 14 kilometres of the KCR track from the City Railway Station to Orangi Town had been cleared, speaking at a press conference at his camp office here on Adam Road on Saturday.
The building of overhead [bridges] and underpasses now rests with the government of Sindh, “he said.”
He also said 15 of the 40 train coaches from the KCR were ready. By the time the Sindh government completes the over- and underpasses, Pakistan Railways would have prepared all 40 of them, “he added.”
Encroachments on PR land
Regarding the question of railway land invasions, he said they had addressed the Supreme Court to settle the matter.
One of these encroachments, too, is Tijori Heights [a residential project under construction]. We are referring to the people who are encroaching railways ground. Everything will probably be sorted out,’ he added.
Says PR wants to have a track from
Peshawar to Jalalabad, Afghanistan
The minister said they had floated several tenders for projects linked to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.
He explained, “The best pricing bid we got will now be used by us as the threshold for all tenders.”
He said the railways must increase the salary of their technical workers by 25%.
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He noted that all PR pensioners who have not earned a six-year pension would eventually receive a daily payout, which would be equal to a 16th-grade employee pension.
Another declaration made by him was that a track from Peshawar to Jalalabad was needed by the PR. “That way, from Karachi to Jalalabad, Afghanistan, trade will happen,” he said.
He said he had given five freight trains to the private sector and he wanted to send 12 more to see how good they were operating them.
Slams Maryam Nawaz’s aggressive politics
Commenting on the political scene, Sheikh Rasheed said he had never seen politicians giving “judo and karate” more significance instead of conversations throughout his entire political career.
“The politics of Maryam Nawaz were based on judo and karate, which led her down a narrow and dark path,” he said.
Talking about the Gilgit-Baltistan polls, he said that it would be poor politics not to recognise the election outcome.
He also reported that with the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, the Pakistan Peoples Party will not go. “Bilawal is very accountable. And he made it clear that there is no PDM [Pakistan Democratic Movement] against the military,’ he added.
He said, eventually, that he was confident that Imran Khan will have completed five years as prime minister.
“I already know this and it will become obvious to you by February 20, 2021 as well,” he said.