Do not play with lives, Supreme Court tells Railways.



ISLAMABAD -- The apex court on Thursday urged the Government of Pakistan to mull over overhauling the Railways Secretariat from top to bottom to ensure that the Railways operate in Pakistan safely.

These remarks were given during the hearing of the suo moto notice regarding the condition of Pakistan Railways before a two-judge bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Gulzar Ahmed accompanied by Justice Ijazul Ahsan.

The apex court observed that Railways in Pakistan was not being operated as per its rules and manual of Railways therefore the accidents were taking place frequently and precious lives were being lost which eventually results in great damage to the Railways. The court maintained that there seemed to be nothing in sight by which the operation of the Railways in Pakistan could be improved, as not only was the infrastructure of the Railways depleted and non-workable but also its employees apparently were not fit to operate the Railways.

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The court added that there needed to be serious thinking on the part of the Government of Pakistan regarding the operation of the Pakistan Railways and overhauling the Secretariat from top to bottom to ensure that the Railways operate in Pakistan safely.

The court said that that such measures were expected to be taken by the Government of Pakistan immediately to ensure that the Railways did not play with the lives of the people and Railways properties were not lost. A report, in this regard, may be made available to the Court by the Government of Pakistan through the Planning Commission within one month, the court said.

Earlier, Secretary Railways submitted a report in the Supreme Court of Pakistan saying that Railways would be up-graded through ML-1 under China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

The Secretary Railways submitted the report wherein, reference was made to the up-gradation of Railways through ML-I, under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and also to the Karachi Circular Railway (KCR).

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