LHC Orders To Resume 6 Train Services
Relieving the commuters of great agony, the Lahore High Court on Monday ordered resumption of 6 trains, suspended over financial losses in July, within a fortnight.
A two-member bench comprising Chief Justice Khawaja Sharif and Justice Nasir Saeed Sheikh heard the petition against the suspension of 6 trains.
In the petition filed by Secretary Railway Union Shaukat Chaudhry, it was contended that the commuters are facing acute problems after suspension of six trains including Mehran Express, Sialkot Express and Tezro.
The railways’ counsel told the court that the department is running into heavy losses for the last many years and that was why the train services could not be restored immediately. The court, however ordered to restore the trains within a fortnight.
On the other hand, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has stopped hike in railway fares and closure of the trains and called a high level meeting on September 27 to discuss steps to meet the railway crisis.
Later, talking to media Federal Minister of Railways Ghulam Ahmed Bilour said that Federal Railway Minister Bashir Bilour has said that the court orders would increase the losses being borne by the Railways already.
However, he added that the court orders would be abide by.
Bilour said that he and top officials of the department will attend the meeting to be held later this month. The meeting would workout a strategy to guide the crisis ridden department out of the dire straits.