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The Pakistan Railways will operate a non-stop train equipped with all modern facilities between Rawalpindi and Karachi.

The Railways minister announced this after inaugurating 10 power vans at Lahore railways station here on Tuesday.

It is expected the train will be inaugurated in the first week of May. The name and fare of the train is yet to be announced.

Khawaja Saad Rafique, on the occasion, also announced to recruit 20 inspectors, 49 assistant sub-inspectors and 100 constables in Pakistan Railways Police (PRP). The minister said the recruitment will be made through public service commission on 100 per cent merit. He said that suggestion had been sent to the federal government for increase in PRP salaries.  The minister vowed to bring improvement in the security of the railways infrastructure. A project of Rs. 1 billion to enhance railways’ security had been sent to the government for approval and Rs400 million had been approved so far.

He said the railways passengers will enjoy better facilities of air-condition, light, fans and water after induction of 10 new power vans in various trains.

The minister regretted the Yohanaabad incident was another attempt of terrorists to destabilise the country.

 He said both the terrorists planned the incident and those burned alive the two people would not be spared.