Thousands of commuters demanded restoration of rail traffic on Sangla Hill-Wazirabad section which was stopped due to the collapse of a bridge on Lower Chenab canal near Head Chhanawan (Jamke Chattha).

The bridge collapsed when a train carrying, Army personnel and their families, was passing over the bridge about seven months back.

During a survey conducted by this correspondent, commuters belonging to Hafizabad, Alipur Chattha, Wazirabad, Jamke Chattha, Kaleke Mandi, Sukheke Mandi, Marrh Balochan and Sangla Hill have called upon the railways authorities to restart Pakistan Express (Rawalpindi-Karachi), Sammasatta-Narowal and other passenger trains.

They claimed that the bridge has been repaired but the railways authorities have not yet bothered to revive operation of the trains. “Hundreds of commuters have been deprived of cheap travelling facilities between their towns and Karachi and Rawalpindi,” they regretted. They called on Railways Minister Saad Rafique and other authorities to ensure early restoration of rail traffic on this section.

281 TEACHERS REGULARISED: The District Promotion Committee has regularised the services of 281 temporary teachers on the recommendations of their head teachers.

In this connection a meeting was held under the chairmanship of DCO Muhammad Usman which was attended among others by EDO Education Iftikhar Nawaz Virk and District Officer Elementary Ghazala Anwar. It was told that 113 teachers working in grade 9, 76 teachers in grade 14 and 92 teachers grade 15 appointed from 2010 to 2015 have been made permanent forthwith. President Muttahida Mahaz Asatiza Riaz Ahmad Tarar and General Secretary Muhammad Shabbir Gujjar have thanked the DCO and EDO Education for meeting their long standing demand.

stabbed: A young landlord was stabbed to death by unknown assaults in village Kot Hashmat here the other night.

According to police source, Malik Nasir Hussain was sound asleep in his house when some unidentified assailants barged into the house and stabbed him to death. The dead body was been shifted to the city morgue and police have started investigation.

Meanwhile, 20-year-old man identified as Muhammad Asad in Sukheke Mandi attempted self-immolation after sprinkling petrol on his body. Resultantly he sustained critical burns. The family said that he was admonished by his parents which perturbed him. As a result, he decided to commit suicide. He was shifted to hospital but was later referred to Lahore hospital as 70% of his body burnt.