LALAMUSA (APP) - Minister for Railways Haji Ghulam Ahmed Bilour said on Friday that Pakistan Railways was incurring a loss of Rs 8 to 12 billion mainly due to non-availability of locomotives and bogies. While addressing a joint press conference along with Minister for Information and Broadcasting Qamar Zaman Kaira here he said Pakistan Railways needed at least 100 locomotives for freight trains and 200 locomotives for passenger trains. Due to financial crunch Railways cannot purchase new locomotives. In this situation, it was unable to meet the requirements of passenger and freight trains. The Railways has not received the much needed financial help from the government of Pakistan, he added. The minister said the Railways was passing through era of hardships, however despite these harsh facts, efforts were being made to broaden the Railways network. He said that Pakistan Railways in the past were neglected which has brought it to present situation, however, the government was not disappointed and was chalking out long termed strategies which would not only remove the past discrepancies but would also develop the PR and it would be proved a beneficial department soon. The Minister said that a request has been submitted to friendly country China for cooperation in development of Railways which has been accepted and a positive response expected. He said in cooperation with China a dual track Railway track would be laid between Khanjerab-Islamabad which would not only help ease the travel between these areas but would also open new avenues of development in trade and tourism. Bilour said that though lack of funds was creating hurdles in the way of development of Railways but China and other countries would be consulted to resolve this problem. To a question he said that being public representatives, it was their duty to resolve the problems of the people and he had come to Lala Musa to help resolve the problems of the people. He said the people of NA-106 were fortunate that they had an energetic representative like Qamar Zaman Kaira who is very active in resolution of their problems. To a question, he said that criticism was the right of the media but it should verify the facts before reporting. He urged the media persons not to defame the institution of Railway as it was the national asset and not anybodys personal property.