Published On: Sat, Dec 21st, 2013
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PR leased out over 1000 acres in Karachi‚ Peshawar & Lahore

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ISLAMABAD: The Senate was informed Friday that Pakistan Railways has so far leased out over one thousand acres of land in Karachi‚ Peshawar and Lahore.

Minister for Railways‚ Khawaja Saad Rafique told the House during question hour that the annual income from the said land is 158.38 million rupees.

He said inquiry is underway to investigate the leases which were given on lesser rates.

On a question about Quetta-Chaman track‚ the Minister said land has been encroached by certain tribes and the Railways will soon start action to retrieve it.

On installing gates at various railways crossings‚ the Minister said we have banned any manned or unmanned level crossings. For this purpose‚ over or under head bridges can be constructed by provincial governments or local governments.

Khawaja Saad said Pakistan Railways has a number of plans to convert the railways lands into profitable ventures. The Minister said eight locomotives were working on freight when the PML-N government came to power. This number has now increased to 20.

Taking part in a continued motion on current political and security situation in the country‚ Afrasiab Khattak said political action and negotiations are required in North Waziristan Agency to defuse the situation. He said Rawalpindi incident shows unless we bridle the extremists‚ such events will continue to happen.

Mian Raza Rabbani said the President should exercise his powers to play a role in resolving the situation in FATA.

Leader of the House‚ Raja Zafar-ul-Haq said administrative reforms are required in FATA. He said he personally visit President and brief him on FATA situation.

Moula Bakhsh Chandio said continuity of democracy and system is essential for the solidarity and security of the country. He said if democracy fails‚ our next generations will suffer immensely.

The House has now been prorogued.
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