LAHORE - Pakistan Railways Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmad has said that the probe of the IPPs scam could take five to six months as its investigating commission has not been constituted as yet,

Addressing a press conference at the PR headquarters on Saturday, he said that India could try to hatch a conspiracy against Pakistan, adding it’s brutalities in Indian Occupied Kashmir were on the rise. He condemned the atrocities that were being committed against Muslim citizens in different parts of India.

However, he said, “It will be a grave blunder of Indian prime minister Narendra Modi  if he ever underestimated Pakistan”. To a question,Sheikh Rashid said, “Credit goes to Prime Minister Imran Khan and his cabinet which pointed out the illegal import of medicines from India.”

The minister said that the role of Pakistan would become more prominent in the region in the wake of coronavirus pandemic due to changing global scenario as well as world politics.

He assured the nation that Prime Minister Imran Khan would never spare culprits involved in any scam, adding that he (PM) would never spare the culprits of sugar and flour scams after declaration of forensic report of the investigation. In this context, he said that the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) would focus to bring looters of every political party in the court without any discrimination.

He said that the PML (N) leader Shehbaz Sharif once again wanted to flee, but this time he would not be able to do so as he failed to answer the questions of NAB regarding his illegal assets.

To a question about investigation commission to probe IPPs scam, he said that it could take five to six months as its investigating commission had not been constituted as yet.

He said that the Pak Railways was ready to start its train operation with 30 trains and the federal government had also agreed on resumption of train operations, but some provinces had reservations about it therefore resumption of train service was delayed.

“We were operating 142 trains before lockdown, but now we are ready to resume operations with 30 trains initially in the first phase,” he added.

To another question, he said that strict action against concerned senior officers, instead of junior staff, would be taken in case of  any accident in railways in the future.

He said that the railways was going to install electricity metres of the Lahore Electricity Supply Company (LESCO) in railway colonies till December 30, adding that it would be beneficial for both labourers and railways.

The minister said that the PR had decided to reduce freight charges by 10 per cent on transportation of coal, fertilizers, cement and other products as the rates of sales tax had been reduced. He added that freight charges of  Rs 5,000 per container wagon would be reduced after this decision.