LAHORE: Federal Minister for Railways Sheikh Rasheed said on Saturday that the news regarding the meeting between former PML-N leader Chaudhry Nisar and former prime minister Nawaz Sharif is baseless.
Talking to media, the railway’s minister PML-N is in his one pocket and PPP in another pocket as Shahbaz Sharif wanted to return Pakistan but he could not get more relaxation.
Replying to a question, he said that he was not in favour of lodging a treason case (Article 6) against Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (JUI-F) chief Fazlur Rehman for an attempt to “topple” the government during Azadi March last year.
warned the JUI-F chief of consequences this time if he tries to (hold sit-in) in Islamabad.
“This time, [the government] will behave differently with the marchers,” he said.
Discussing about the issue of recovering the railways land from encroachments, Mr Rasheed asserted that not all of the land was being recovered but “areas of 50ft”.
“The sale of properties will reduce the railways’ deficit.”
The federal minister further stated that he would meet Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah to discuss the issue of clearing the tracks of the Karachi Circular Railway (KCR) from encroachments.
“The Supreme Court has allowed selling the properties in Karachi, [I have] pledged with the public to reduce railways’ deficit within five years.”
About terms with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concerning possible hike in electricity tariffs, the minister revealed that the government would not accept such demand from the global moneylender.