ISLAMABAD -- Against the backdrop of recent fatal train crashes, the Supreme Court of Pakistan on Thursday directed the Pakistan Railways (PR) to take immediate measures to make people's journey by train safer.
An apex court bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Gulzar Ahmed was hearing a suo motu case pertaining to financial losses the Railway department has been inflicting on the national kitty.
At the outset of the hearing, the country's top adjudicator wondered where will Railways Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed appoint 100,000 people as the railways already had 77,000 employees. The funds Pakistan would get from China for ML-1 project will go to new hirings, he remarked.
At this, the federal law officer replied that the government is trying cut the current strength of Pakistan Railways employees to 56,000 while 100,000 people will be recruited for the ML-1 project.
Coming down hard on the Railway Secretary/Chairman Habib-ur-Rehman Gilani, the chief justice said the top PR official was unable to run the department. 'The railway secretary, chief executive officer, and all divisional...