LAHORE – The Sub-Committee of National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Railways Chairman Ramesh Lal has held Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif responsible for the burning of trains in Kamoke.

Addressing a press conference after chairing the sub-committee meeting at Railways Headquarters on Tuesday, PPP MNA appealed to the Chief Justice of Pakistan to take notice of the incident.

Four coaches of Babu Passenger Train between Lahore and Sialkot were set on fire by angry protesters in Kamokea and Gujranwala during a protest against massive loadshedding on Monday night.

The Railways on Tuesday announced temporarily suspension of at least 20 passenger trains in Lahore division. The trains were closed down on security issues and would be restored after improvement in law and order situation, said the spokesman of the utility. He said the department had to suffer about Rs4 million loss because of complete burning of four coaches of Babu Train.

“Despite repeated requests by me and the Railways Police IG, neither the district police nor the rescue workers responded to the situation,” regretted Lal, adding that if Shahbaz Sharif claimed himself a true patriotic then he must stop the destruction of national assets in the Punjab.

The trains which the Railways announced to suspend are: one train from Lahore to Okara, one from Lahore to Jaranwala, two from Lahore to Shorkot, one from Lahore to Wazirabad, three from Lahore to Narowal, four from Lahore to Faisalabad and three from Lahore to Sialkot.

Earlier, the sub-committee members appreciated the Railways Lahore divisional superintendent on his performance against the land grabbers. The members expressed concerns over giving a Railways’ plot worth billions of rupees in Karachi only on Rs10,000 per month rent.

“What would happen with the department when its officers like DS Karachi would themselves involve in such theft?” commented Ramesh Lal when he was informed about the issue. He regretted that three deputy general managers of the department were transferred in only three months.

The committee was told that import and export were severely damaged at dry ports and big losses contributed to the utility because of shortage of locomotives. Railways Traffic AGM Razaq Shah, answering a question, replied that Shuttle Service between Lahore and Shahdara would be stopped if it failed to attract the passengers.

MNAs Pir Aslam Bodla and Ayub Shaikh were the other members who attended the meeting.