LAHORE Railways Minister Ghulam Ahmed Bilour for the first time on Friday showed his optimism about the good future of Pakistan rail. Mr Bilour, who is also a central leader of the Awami National Party, looked very confident when he told a ceremony held to inaugurate the first reservation office at the Railway Station that the federal government would complete its tenure. My party will stand with the Gilani government through thick and thin, he told the gathering. The media should criticize but only positively and not to derail the democracy. If TV anchors are thinking that they can upset the government, then let them know that their dream will never come true, Bilour vowed. He said that inflation, unemployment and militancy were the gifts of the former military dictators. Had there been no derailment of democracy there would have been progress and prosperity in Pakistan, the minister said. The minister again reminded since the Railways was the backbone of the countrys economy, and its management was trying to secure the future of the utility. Bilour also appreciated the Federal Cabinets decision for feeling the need for Rs 11.1 billion bailout package for the Railways. Though I dont know when the government would give us money, I am hopeful that the package would be helpful in bringing back the Railways lost glory. The powerful federal minister said the time had come to really start worrying about the countrys economy. This can only be done by eliminating militancy. Those who tag us the agents of Russia or India should be clear that we are only the agents of Pakistan. To a question by a reporter, Mr Bilour said the already announced package would be utilised for upgradation of the tracks and for repair of passenger coaches but he ruled out the privatisation of the Railways while responding to another question, saying the government was only focusing on the restructuring of the department. Earlier, Railways Chairman Shahid Hassan Raja said that the utility would come out of the crises successfully but after some time. He said the government had placed full focus on the erstwhile neglected department. Those who compare the Pakistan Railways with Indian Railways should also evaluate our motorways and highways with roads in India. Delhi invested on its rail while we invested on motorways and highways. General Manager (Operations) Ishfaq Khattak said the new reservation office would offer world class facilities to the passengers. He said the government has authorised raise in fares in accordance with the services for the passengers. The Pakistan Railways, he said, under its Open Track Access Policy has allowed private parties to use its track for running oil, freight, and passenger trains.