Lahore (July 23, 2017): Minister Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique has said that train drivers involved in accidents deserve no leniency and would not be reinstated as the demanded by the striking workers of the Pakistan Railways.
Vowing that the Pakistan Railways would continue functioning as scheduled Saad said that the government does not want to lay off any worker but the striking train drivers would have to come back in their senses. Refrain from indulging in childish behavior we are giving some time to rethink because the management of Pakistan Railways is capable of tackling the situation, Saad warned the striking workers while talking to media here this morning.
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Claiming that train operations are continuing as per routine across the country said the Railways administration has foiled a bid of strike by some train drivers by taking timely action.
Saying that illegal demands such as payment of Mileage Alloawance of the striking train drivers could not be accepted Saad said 13 strikers have been arrested for obstructing Railways workings. Cases against the arrested strikers would be made under the Anti-Terrorism laws, he added.
Over 65 percent of Pakistan Railways budget is spend on the salaries alone, it would take time for the Railways to slash the loses, Saad said. The Locomotive Running Association had presented six demands on July 18 two of which we are ready to accept, he added.
The Minister said the Railways’ administration held talks with the train drivers, who were observing strike, but their all the demands could not be accepted.
He said thirteen drivers who tried to create problems for passengers by stopping trains in deserted areas have been arrested.
He said cases under anti-terrorism act will be registered against these drivers.
The Minister urged the other drivers, who are on strike, to call off the strike and come on duty.