Minister: (Pakistan ready to restore ECO train service: Saad)

ISLAMABAD: Senate was informed on Tuesday that Pakistan Railways is ready to restore the ECO train service but the delay is due to some infrastructure improvement works under execution near Istanbul in Turkey.

Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique said the matter is vigorously being pursued with Turkish authorities. He told the House during question hour that a tripartite meeting between concerned officials of Pakistan, Iran and Turkey has also been proposed to be held in Islamabad to expedite the revival of ECO train.

He said as soon as Afghanistan starts work on the Spin Boldak to Kandahar railway line project in their territory, Pakistan Railway will also initiate execution of the project. He expressed confidence that Pakistan Railway will earn Rs 38 billion this year against the target of Rs 32 billion.

Khawaja Saad Rafiq told the House that there are total 17 schools established by Pakistan Railways in the country. He said Pakistan Railways has no plan to open new schools as it is not the business of Pakistan Railways to run the schools. However, it is focusing on upgrading the existing schools.

Minister for Information Pervaiz Rashid informed the House that recruitment against 2,160 vacant posts in the Punjab Rangers are in the process and will be completed during this month. He assured that provincial quota will be strictly observed in the recruitment.

Minister for Law, Justice and Human Rights, Pervaiz Rashid laid before the House two ordinances. These include “The Foreigners (Amendment) Ordinance, 2015” and “The National Database and Registration Authority (Amendment) Ordinance, 2015”. The chair referred the ordinances to the Standing Committee concerned for consideration and report.