Pak daily criticises govt for hiring rail engines from Ind

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Islamabad, Sept 26: Pakistan Federal Minister Ghulam Ahmed Bilour said that Pakistan will hire 50 train engines from India to fill its acute requirement, for which a Pakistan daily criticised its government saying that "It is a pity the country's railways have reached a stage where they have to hire engines from India rather than buying new ones."

An editorial in The Nation Monday (Today) said, "Pakistan Railways, once a profit-earning unit, has gone to the dogs."

The daily said that shortage of rail engines have "compelled the authorities to stop running trains on dozens of routes. Its workshops are unable to repair the faulty engines due to lack of spare parts and equipment and funds to buy them".

"It is a pity that Railways have reached a stage where it has to hire engines from India rather than buying new ones," it added.

It went on to say that "there is something terribly wrong somewhere. There are multiple reasons for Railways to reach this stage and rampant corruption is on the top. Incidents of pilferage from its godowns...."

"Corruption and pilferage must stop for the Railways to get back on the track." daily added.

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