PAKISTAN NEWS: Trains are a ‘movement of the poor and ordinary’, said Prime Minister Imran Khan

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan said Friday trains are important in Pakistan “because it is the movement of the poor and ordinary”.

Speaking at the opening of the Hassan Abdal Railway Station – after 127 years – in Attock, he said trains were a cheap and comfortable way to travel around the world.

Prime Minister Imran Khan added that the role of trains in the trip to Naya Pakistan was important. Trains, he said, were a cheap and comfortable way to travel around the world.

“For the first time, the largest investment in Pakistan Railways comes through the ML1” or Main Line 1, he noted, referring to the Karachi-Peshawar Railway Line.

Promote tourism in Pakistan
Prime Minister Imran Khan said a trip to Karachi to Lahore on the ML-1 would take off in seven hours.

Trains will play a key role in developing Pakistan’s economy, he said, adding that the country should provide all kinds of resources to develop tourism.

I want Pakistan to be a country that does not have to beg anyone,” he said.

‘People of all religions are equal’
The premier said the government had tried to make things easier for the Sikh community, and, in addition, “would get a lot of help at the Hassan Abdal railway station”.

Speaking at the event, Railway Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed said local resources had been used to upgrade the Hassan Abdal Railway Station.

“The ML-1 project is very important for the construction of the railway,” added Rashid, noting that the reduction in industrial electricity tariffs is “an important achievement for the government”.

Earlier the Prime Minister, accompanied by the Minister of Railways, was informed of the various facilities installed for the convenience of passengers.

New stations at Rs300m railway station
Rashid had previously reviewed preparations ahead of the Prime Minister’s visit to launch the newly renovated Hassan Abdal Railway Station at a cost of Rs300 million.

A contemporary British railway station has been upgraded to a two-story building, with 24,502 square feet of covered area. The railway line, which covers an area of ​​101,610 square meters, including passenger buildings, was also upgraded.

At the forum, Divisional Superintendent (DS) Railways Syed Munawar Shah introduced the Minister of Railways to the new facilities.

Water plants have been built and a new pipeline to provide passengers with clean and cold water, while installing a 300 KV generator to install uninterrupted power at Hassan Abdal Railway Station, Shah told Rashid.

A canteen and a cafe were built near the waiting area, he added.

Visit Swat
Later in the day, Prime Minister Imran Khan, accompanied by provincial and provincial ministers, will visit Swat, where he will open a new site for Said Sharif Hospital.

The Prime Minister will also attend an event on the distribution of Sehat Sahulat cards and will address the gathering.

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