Work on Karachi Circular Railway to start soon, says Saad

KARACHI – Federal Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique has said that Karachi Circular Railway (KCR) has never remained a dispute between the federal government and the Sindh government.

“Earlier, the provincial government was not interested in the project, but now Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has shown interest and the project is heading in the right direction,” he added.

Saad expressed these views while addressing media men here at Karachi City Station on Saturday.

Stressing the progress of Pakistan Railways (PR), he said that the government was trying its best to bring reforms in the railways with the agenda to facilitate people of the country while the KCR was one of the projects that would provide relief to the commuters in the port city.

He said that political instability had always remained a hurdle in the progress of the country while it should be noted that economics of the country was based on the steadiness of political situation.

Talking about the KCR, he said that for the first time the project was moving on the right path and due to the coordination between the federal and Sindh government it would be initiated soon.

He further informed that he was himself reviewing the upgradation of Main Line 1-track, running from Karachi to Peshawar. “The project will take time to complete, but it would benefit the people in future,” said the federal minister. Talking about PR revenue, Saad said that the PR was progressing and it had generated about Rs40billion for the year while the target for the next year was Rs50 billion.

Earlier, the railways minister, while speaking to the media after chairing PML-N’s Sindh chapter meeting, said that the party was focusing on strengthening the party in Sindh, and especially in Karachi. “In this regard, the party has finalised the arrangements for holding workers’ convention in every district of Karachi,” he informed.

He said that decision on the basis of popular vote should be upheld above all and voice be raised if any institution crosses its constitutional and legal limits.

“The chief executive of the country should have the absolute authority and should not be interfered in order to guide the country on the path of the progress and prosperity,” he said adding that no institution should cross each others’ lines.

Speaking on the disqualification of PML-N president Nawaz Sharif, he said that decision of court should be accepted despite liking or disliking. “Although, political confrontation is at its peak in the country but the elections should be held on time,” he said adding that behind the door conspiracies should come to an end now.

Rafique continued that the country witnessed separation of one of its arm on this day but yet the authorities concerned have not learnt lesson from it. “We should work together for country’s progress as it is never too late,” he said.

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