CJ Annoyed At PR Failure To Submit Reply
THE Chief Justice Lahore High Court on Wednesday expressed annoyance over railways authorities’ failure to submit reply and directed its chairman to furnish it by Thursday at any cost on a petition challenging the closure of six passenger trains.
The CJ passed this order on the petition moved by Secretary General Pakistan Railways Union Rana Shaukat Ali who contended that the railways immediately closed six trains including Mehran Express, Sialkot Express, Sakhi Abbas Express, Tezrao Express, Chiltan Express and Shalimar Express.
Petitioner said the railways authorities decided to close these trains owing to financial constraints. He said it was not the right decision, as passengers and employees would directly suffer.
He said railways instead of controlling its losses stopped these trains to multiply miseries of passengers and it would also amount to deprive hundreds of employees of their jobs.
Petitioner requested the court to declare the railways’ notification of closing trains as illegal and order to restore the service of these trains.
The CJ said” PIA, Pakistan Steel Mills and other government departments were also facing financial losses but no one was even thinking to close the operation.