LAHORE - Pakistan Railways on Wednesday claimed of seizing illegal weapons, explosive material and drugs at Lahore Railways Station which according to a local TV channel had been transported from Karachi to Lahore by a media team just to “expose” the inabilities of the public utility.

PR GM Javid Anwar Bobak, Railways Police Inspector General Munir Ahmed Chishti and other officials at an emergency press conference said that an FIR against the railways officials along with the sender and receiver involved in the transportation had been registered and they were arrested.

Syed Waseem Qaiser parcelled nine bottles of liquor, three pistols, one revolver, a pump-action gun, four packets of hashish and heroin with connivance of railways officials from Karachi while Asif Shahzad Qureshi came at the Lahore Railways Station to receive these items, it was claimed. The FIR had been registered in Railways Police Station Lahore against all those involved, said Javid Anwar.

The Railways officials who were suspended and arrested after the FIR are: Senior Commercial Asst Parcel Karachi City Anas Butt, Senior Commercial Asst Cantonment Karachi Khadim Hussain, SHO Karachi City PRP Station Furqanul Haq, SHO Karachi Cantt Ashramdad, and Constable Sardar Ahmed while DSP Niaz Ahmed was suspended.

But controversy prevailed during the whole press conference that whether it was just a prank to show inability of the Railways or an actual illegal act on part of the local TV team. The TV team claimed that the Railways Police failed to seize the weapons and drugs until the reporter of the TV channel arrived at Lahore Railway Station Platform Number 2 and brought it to the TV screen.

It was being claimed by the TV channel that the whole episode badly exposed the Railways authorities which could let anyone transport anything through the public utility. The TV team also claimed it carried a lesson for Railways Minister Saad Rafique who keeps making tall claims about the performance of the department on almost daily basis.

The Railways management, on the other side, was claiming that they seized all weapons and drugs and an FIR had been registered against all involved in the incident. They said the sender pretended the stuff was household items when it was booked from Karachi, said the Railways Police IG. He said it was not possible for the police to check every item being parcelled through trains. The accused will be presented before the court today and it was the court which will decide on the matter.