LAHORE - Hundreds of railways employees on Monday went on strike to protest against the government for not giving them operational allowances, bringing rail-traffic to a halt throughout the country for more than five hours. However, AGM Traffic Junaid Qurashi of Pakistan Railways claimed that the workers had called off the strike after successful negotiations with the management. He said the railway management had assured the workers that they would forward their charter of demands to the ministry of railways very soon. The strike disrupted train service from Lahore to Karachi, Islamabad and Peshawar as the management had to stop Express and Mail passenger trains at Lahore, Lahore Cantonment, Shahdra, Gujrat and Faisalabad railway stations. The strike multiplied the miseries of thousands of passengers including old men, women and children at the railway stations, as they remain trapped at for more than six hours in the hot and humid weather. Thousands of helpless passengers were left with no other option but to stay and wait for the restoration of train service at the railway stations in the hot and humid weather. The passengers were of the view that they were suffering a lot due to the disputes between the top management of Pakistan railways and its workers. Some passengers were also witnessed requesting the railway workers to call off their strike and help restore train service, as they wanted to reach their destination. The Traffic Yard Association went on strike and demanded the authorities to immediately announce operational allowances for them, which have not been paid to the workers for the last two years. Heavy police contingents reached the Lahore railways station to keep the things under control soon after the workers went on strike.