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PR stops 105 more trains

Pakistan Railways on Thursday suspended the operation of 105 more trains owing to financial constraints, Pakistan Today has learnt. According to sources, PR is bearing heavy losses and had already suspended the

PR Police’s Eid holidays cancelled

Eid holidays of the Railways Police have been cancelled due to security concerns and additional security personals would be deployed at railway stations. Railways Police Inspector General (IG) Ibn-e-Hussain said that the

PR austerity drive takes a nosedive

Within just two weeks of its start, the energy conservation and austerity drive by the Pakistan Railways (PR) went down the drain when the department chairman lifted the restriction on using air-conditioners

Amir Mazhar of Savvy PR defends himself

In a press conference held in order to clarify his position, Amir Mazhar said that he had been defamed, and has had to face several financial losses because of certain allegations being pinned onto him. He said that this was done by Asim Yar Tiwana along with his friends, and a TV host Ayesha Sana.
Mazhar said that these allegations started when he went to Dubai to set-up his company, Savvy PR. In his absence, AYT, who has a segment in a morning show hosted by Ayesha Sana, said

Bilour seeks Rs 11.5b as PR bailout package

ISLAMABAD – Railways Minister Ghulam Ahmad Bilour Wednesday asked the federal government to release the approved Rs 11.5 billion to Pakistan Railways (PR) as a bailout package.
Responding to a calling attention notice during the National Assembly session, the minister admitted that the PR was losing business because it was running only four freight trains daily. The minister dodged many questions regarding clean and safe environment to passengers in trains while the PR had 40,000

LHC advises PR to sell land to pay workers

LAHORE – The Lahore High Court on Monday warned Pakistan Railways (PR) authorities, if the department remains unable to pay salaries to its legal advisors, huge residences of officials at Mayo Garden would be sold for this purpose.
Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed made these observations after Railways’ legal advisor Sarfraz Cheema stated that salaries have been paid to some legal advisors only. Railways sought time to pay salaries to rest of the legal advisors as department is facing

PM approves promotions of PR, IB officers

ISLAMABAD – Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Sunday approved the promotion of Shafiqullah, an officer of Pakistan Railways, from Grade 20 to Grade 21 and 11 officers of Pakistan Railways and Intelligence Bureau from Grade 19 to 20. These promotions were recommended by the Central Selection Board headed by Justice (retd) Rana Bhagwan Das.
The names of the officers approved for promotion from Grade 19 to 20 in Pakistan Railways are Ramzan Shah Gilani, Muhammad Saeed Khawar,

PR bows to demands of customs agents

LAHORE – Surrendering to the demands of customs agents, Pakistan Railways (PR) has withdrawn a major portion of recently increased service charges at the Lahore Dry Port (LDP). Customs agents have ended a strike which lasted for three days. A meeting was held between representatives of the Lahore Customs Agents Association (LCAA) and Pakistan Railways Authorities at Railways Headquarters in which Railways had accepted the demands put forward by customs agents and withdrew 15 percent

Hearing in PR land scam resumes today

ISLAMABAD – A four-member Supreme Court bench will resume hearing today over Pakistan Railways land leasing in Lahore at a meager price, causing Rs 25 billion loss to the national exchequer.
The court will examine the replies of three retired generals including former Inter Services Intelligence chief Javed Ashraf Qazi, Lt Gen (r) Saeeduz Zafar and Maj Gen (r) Hamid Hassan Butt, who administered the Pakistan Railways in 2001, and are allegedly involved in the Rs 25 billion

PR lauds inauguration of Prem Nagar dry port

LAHORE – The Pakistan railways inaugurated a dry port on Friday and announced that it was a ‘good omen’ that a 60-container-train had reached the dry port of Prem Nagar because this was the first private sector container-train.
The PR in with collaboration with two private companies has made a landmark by creating the dry port of Prem Nagar, said PR Chairman Shahid Hussain Raja. He made these statements after the inauguration of the dry port. He said that there were few railways

PR union workers to protest today

LAHORE – The Pakistan Railways Workers’ Union (PRWU) has scheduled a protest for today against downsizing. PRWU General Secretary Zafar Ijaz Malik told Pakistan Today that their protest will take place at about 11:30 am at the main Railway Station, but another protest by a different union will also be held at the Lahore Press Club later in the afternoon.
“Gradually the problems have led to the workers’ unions rising,” said Malik. He said the protests will be held all over

Railway employees protest downsizing, PR privatisation

LAHORE – Pakistan Railways (PR) employees on Wednesday brought out a rally from Railway Headquarter to Divisional Superintendent (DS) Lahore office to protest against the proposed downsizing and privatization of the department and blocked Allama Iqbal Road for some time by burning tyres.
The protesters chanted slogans against the railway administration and pledged that they will not let any body to privatize Pakistan Railways. They demanded of the government not to privatize the

Communication, PR ministries in dire straits

ISLAMABAD – Taking strict notice of the illegal occupation of Pakistan Railways’ land by the Rangers, Janbaz and other security forces, and of the delay in the communication ministry’s projects, the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on Tuesday demanded an urgent resolution of these issues, seeking report for the same in 3 months.
The PAC met with Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan in the chair to review the audit objections in the ministries of communication and railways for 2007-08.