ISLAMABAD : Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafiq on Monday sought the details of over Rs100 billion agreements with the Chinese companies for laying railway tracks in Pakistan and purchase of railway engines during the visits of President Asif Ali Zardari to China.  According to Railway sources, these agreements could be reviewed. The sources said the Railway minister after assuming charge of the office took notice of issuance of tenders according to agreements with the Chinese companies without taking him on board.

The sources said the Railways high-ups without taking the minister into confidence had completed preparations for issuance of tenders for laying of Shahdara-Faisalabad-Lala Musa railway track at the cost of $220 million.

According to sources 61 out of 69 engines purchased from the Chinese companies have went out of order. Despite this blunder, 15 more engines are being purchased from the Chinese companies. The sources said the matter could also be referred to National Accountability Bureau (NAB).