LAHORE - Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique on Monday reiterated that the privatisation of the department was not under consideration rather all efforts were being made to bring the glory of the public utility back.

Talking to journalists, after inaugurating 10 power vans at Cantt Railways Station, the minister criticised the PTI for adopting ‘dual standard on the issue of establishing military courts’.

Saying the PTI leader Advocate Hamid Khan was petitioner in the case of military courts, whereas the party chairman Imran Khan had supported the idea of military courts in the All Parties Conference, Saad asked PTI to clarify its position on war against terror that whether it was standing with the nation or backing the Taliban. Imran Khan should direct Hamid Khan to withdraw petition against military courts or expel him from the party, he held.

There would be 20 power vans with the railways after addition of new 10 and more are expected in mid April. Saad Rafique announced to bring revolution in the freight sector of the railways, saying 10 freight trains were operating these days and a record addition would be made after June 30. Rehabilitation of 124 coaches and increase in capacity of 110 volts coaches to 220 volts and raise in salaries of Railways Police would also be made ensure in coming days, he announced. He also announced to enhance oil stock capacity of the department for 30 days.  

Saad said no worker would be sacked from the department, however, few officers and workers had been removed from the jobs on corruption charges.

"Manpower of PR will be rationalised for its betterment," he said.

The PR had to face a loss of Rs37 billion owing to damage to the PR assets in reaction to the assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, but now it was gradually covering the deficit, he added.

As per the minister, the core issue of the country was terrorism and elimination of menace was the need of the hour. He said that prosperity could only come in the country after curbing the menace of terrorism.