ISLAMABAD - Railways Minister Haji Ghulam Ahmad Bilour on Wednesday told the National Assembly that ministry had 170 locomotives and out of which only 11 were on tracks. During the question hour here in the Lower House, the minister said that Railways deficit of this year was more than the deficit of previous year and it could only be reduced if the government bought new locomotives. To a supplementary question, the minister said that his replacement could not solve the issues of Pakistan Railways as the government would have to invest huge money in it to bring it back on track. He further told the House that guarantee of a locomotive was 2 year while the total age was about 10 years but a number of locomotives have crossed more than 10 years due to which the repairing was not a long-term solution. To another supplementary question, the minister said that locomotives would reach Pakistan in next month from China after which the situation would improve and Pakistan Railways would definitely pay back their loans. He added that in the first phase, 25 locomotives were being imported. Responding to a question regarding closure of Pakistan Locomotive Factory, the minister said that the factory was not closed and about 500 people were still working in it. Talking about the Afghan Transit trade through trains, he said that Peshawar was being used for the purpose while Chaman border was not being used much due to security reasons. Minister for Commerce, Makhdom Amin Fahim told the House that secretaries commerce of Pakistan and India were discussing the future trade after MFN status and it would be determined how much trade would be possible between the two countries. To a supplementary question, the minister said that trade with India would not harm the Pakistani business community and only those things would be imported that were not available in the country. He further told the House that India and Bangladesh had supported Pakistan on trade with European Union.