Let Lalu run the Rlys: Pak lawmaker tells govt

A Pakistani lawmaker surprised his colleagues on Friday by suggesting that the country’s railways should be handed over to former Indian Railway Minister Lalu Prasad if the government was unable to tackle the state-run entity’s numerous problems.

Muttahida Qaumi Movement lawmaker Sajid Ahmed made the suggestion in the National Assembly or lower house of Parliament while Parliamentary Secretary for Railways Noman Islam Sheikh was answering questions about the performance of the railways.
Lalu is widely credited for guiding the turnaround of the Indian Railways.

Pakistan Railways has been plagued by several problems over the past few years, including the lack of locomotives, shortage of spare parts and fuel and the cancellation of dozens of trains due to lack of financial resources. Sheikh said new locomotives would have to be purchased for reviving the railways and making it a profitable organisation.

He said the Railways Ministry had floated a tender for purchasing 69 new locomotives. All non-productive expenses had been stopped and expenditures were being incurred in line with available resources, he said.

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