ISLAMABAD Prime Minister Imran Khan has said Pakistan Railways will be developed on modern lines with the cooperation of China to provide inexpensive travel facilities to the poor people.
He was addressing the inaugural ceremony of Rawalpindi Express and Mianwali Railcar in Islamabad on Friday afternoon.
The prime minister said railtracks will be laid across the country to cover all the downtrodden areas, adding that the government has focused on uplifting standard of the common man.
He said Karachi to Peshawar railtrack, which is called Main Line-1, is being laid under the CPEC project. He said China has the most advanced railway technology, and during his upcoming visit to China in November this year, cooperation in Railways development will be sought.
Imran Khan said the Railways land illegally occupied by mafias will be recovered. He, however, clarified that the poor who have settled at Railways land in makeshift arrangements will not be disturbed. He said the recovered land will be sold to repay Railways’ loans.
Earlier in the day, the prime minister was briefed on the workings of the Ministry of Railways. Railways Secretary Muhammad Javed Anwar briefed the premier.
Imran directed that a comprehensive plan for launching anti-encroachment drive and future utilizsation of railways land for generating revenues should be formulated and submitted within 15 days.
Minister for Railways Sheikh Rashid Ahmed and senior officers of the ministry and Pakistan Railways also attended the meeting.