LAHORE  - Pakistan Railways (PR) has canceled locomotive purchase order from China after series of complaints.

The decision was taken by Railways Ministry after a report was submitted by PR officials. Chinese firm involved in the deal has also been blacklisted.

According to audit report for the fiscal 2012-13, 64 out of 69 locomotives purchased from China in 2002 were found faulty and  out of order and are lying idle in Railways Workshop. Ministry of Railway had to suffer colossal loss of billion of rupees due to supply of faulty locomotives by Chinese firm.

Railway authorities had repeatedly asked the then railway minister Javed Ashraf Qazi not to strike this deal but he did not agree and signed the agreement as per his personal desire plunging railways into horrendous financial crisis.

The erstwhile PPP led government also placed order with the same Chinese firm to supply  75 locomotives to Pakistan but railway minister Khawaja Saad Rafiq has revoked the order.

Khawaja Saad Rafiq said that corruption will not be tolerated in Railways and corruption cases pertaining to purchase of railway engines will be handed over to NAB.