OUR STAFF REPORTER LAHORE The Pakistan Railways on Saturday experienced severe fuel shortages and the utility had to halt train operations on its various routes. It was learnt that the Pakistan State Oil stopped the supply of high speed diesel to the cash-strapped department when the Railways cheques, amounting to Rs300 million, bounced back. The stranded trains included Khyber Mill, Awan Express and several smaller trains. However, as per the Railways spokesperson, the PR and the PSO management, via teleconference, developed a consensus and the fuel supply was resumed. The Pakistan State Oil spokesperson when contacted confirmed that the PSO had supplied 1 million litters of HSD to the PR and we told them categorically to clear the outstanding amount by Monday. Yes, despite Rs1.1 billion as outstanding amount, their cheques worth Rs300 million bounced, confirmed the PSO spokesperson Mariam Shah. This was also learnt that the Railways officials in a tactic to apply pressure on the government asked the labour union to become vocal against 'governments silence to address utilitys problems. This prompted the union to call an emergency meeting in which it was decided that they would protest outside the Parliament, sources said. An official said the PRs crises would aggravate in the coming days as it was facing shortage of locomotives.