QUETTA - Balochistan Assembly on Thursday passed a resolution demanding Federal Government for resuming trains services which have been curtailed in Balochistan besides bringing down railway fares.The session of BA started with Deputy Speaker Matiullah Agha in the chair. The joint resolution was moved by Rahila Hameed Khan. Debating on the admissibility of resolution, she said train service was the only source of travelling for poor people, but Quetta Express and Bolan Express had stopped due to unknown reasons.She said now only one Jaffar Express was running due to which people were facing difficulties in travelling to different parts of the country as travelling by road had become risky due to incidents of robberies. She also said that the train fares had increased increasing people’s miseries. “We demand the federal government to immediate restoration train services as well as decreasing fares,” she demanded. The lawmaker Nasreen Kehthran said that owing to corruption many institutions, including railway in the country had reached the verge of destruction while the condition of trains in neighbouring countries was exemplary. “We are also responsible for the destruction of railway and other institutions because we don’t pay fares nor give utility bills,” she added. Other legislators, including Maulvi Abdul Samad, Asim Kurd Gilo and Maulvi Gulam Sarwar while backing the resolution said they blamed dictators for not carrying out development works but steps were also not taken for the strengthening of institution in democratic periods. They said in neighbouring country train service was developing and it had become a profitable institution but in it Pakistan railway was running at a loss. When the chair put the resolution for vote the house adopted it unanimously.

This news was published in The Nation newspaper. Read complete newspaper of 06-Apr-2012 here.