Judge’s video will isolate Maryam, claims Rasheed


LAHORE: Minister for Railways Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad on Saturday Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) leader Maryam Nawaz destroyed has her party and no one would stand with her in the current video scandal.

Addressing a press conference here at the PR Headquarters, he said that the judges were honest, respectful and truly professional people and they should not be made controversial by any party.

To a question, he said that upcoming ninety days would be important in national politics. He predicted that Senate chairman election would be very tough; however, Sadiq Sanjrani once again will win it.

He also said that the Pakistan Army and the judiciary were custodians of democracy and security of Pakistan.

To a question about the strike by traders, he said that peaceful strike was right of every citizen.

Earlier, while talking about the recent train accident in Rahim Yar Khan, he expressed his sorrow over the deaths of 24 persons. He said that an initial action against the driver, assistant driver of the train and station master had been started over negligence.

“All divisional superintendents have been directed to complete interviews for drivers recruitment so that shortage of drivers could be fulfilled.

The minister said the current railway administration had reduced Rs 5 billion deficit and six million more passengers expressed their trust in the railways.

He said a new train Mianwli Express from Lahore would be introduced soon. He said the railways had collected damaged 278 coaches from several places and out of them 100 coaches would be reconditioned. He said that escalators for old people would be installed at railway stations.

“Our main focus would be on improvement of the track in future which would be a milestone in the history of the railways,” he said.

The minister said that cameras would be installed in the locomotives for the security of trains. The minister said that all railway crossings would be changed with underpasses or flyovers for the safety of the people.

He said that the infrastructure of the railways was neglected during the last 10 years.

He said that M-2, M-3 and M-4 would also be upgraded soon and tenders in this regard had been floated in newspapers.