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LAHORE: The railway operation has been hugely affected as railway officials indicated that there was “no oil” to carry out railway operations. On Friday, many trains were reported not to initiate their journey towards their destination.

“There is no diesel within the Loco shed and 40,000 liters of oil were purchased yesterday from the open market to run the railway operation,” railway officials reported. They further added that the oil has now finished and rail transport would not be able to operate until more oil is received or purchased.

“The oil that is due to arrive from Karachi is still on its way,” added the officials.

Due to oil unavailability, Jaffer Express scheduled for Quetta, was unable to operate whilst the Karachi Express was only given the oil to travel till Rohri.

Officials further added that Rawalpindi Night coach and Khyber Mail also did not operate due to the unavailability of oil.

A halt to the railway operations has severely affected commuting within the country. People have been seen sitting helplessly at different platforms hoping to reach their destinations.

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SC directed NAB to commence investigation in the NBP fraud case.

LAHORE: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB), under the directives of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, has started an inquiry into the Rs2 billion National Bank Employees’ Welfare Fund scam between 2003-08.

A statement issued by NAB on Monday read that the case involves senior officials of the NBP who had allegedly misused their authority to embezzle millions of rupees. The top management at NBP had distributed the workers welfare fund among themselves under the pretext of cash achievement awards.

According to an initial investigation in the matter, it was discovered that millions of rupees were divided among top officials between 2003-08. NAB has submitted its initial report to the SC.

The court had earlier directed NAB to look into the scam and to take steps as prescribed under NAO 1999 to recover the embezzled money. The case is already under process in the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA).

The NAB investigation team has asked NBP to provide details regarding the case while the bank’s management is yet to respond to NAB’s query.

Canal Motors case

Meanwhile in another case, a NAB Special Operation Wing investigation team has proceeded to Lahore to speed up investigations in the Canal Motors’ case where the accused had allegedly cheated the public out of Rs1 billion under the false pretext of investing the sum.

Canal Motors’ owners had collected millions of rupees from as many as 200 people in the name of importing of vehicles. NAB has already arrested three persons related to the case including the main accused owner Rana Qaisar Nazir. They are currently in judicial custody.

The NAB investigation team was in Lahore to verify the claims of the affected, in order to conclude investigations.

Course: The Express Tribune Pakistan

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Peshawar: Senior leader of the Awami National Party (ANP) and federal minister for railway Gulam Ahmed Bilour has said that US agent Dr Shakil Afridi should be awarded if the killing of al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden was in the interest of Pakistan.

He said that Afridi should be awarded instead of sentencing if bin Laden’s killing was in the interest of Pakistan.

“US has no right to interfere on the issue,” he said and added Dr Afridi was liable to punishment if bin Laden’s killing inflicted harm to the country.

The minister was talking to media on Sunday.

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Railways Minister Haji Ghulam Ahmad Bilour

LAHORE – Railways Minister Haji Ghulam Ahmad Bilour has suggested a European Union-like confederation among Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, which according to him, will help eradicate terrorism, poverty and unemployment from the region.“The confederation between these countries will promote business activities, peace and brotherhood,” added ANP central leader, while addressing a press conference at the Railways Headquarters on Tuesday.Bilour, earlier, chaired the Railways Board of Directors’ meeting on the agenda of reconstruction of the public utility. Sources said the meeting remained inconclusive as some members severely opposed reconstruction of the cash-strapped department, especially at a time when it was already facing multi-dimensional problems.“I know media and some powerful segments of the society will oppose my proposal, but they will realise after sometime that co-existence and good relation among the countries are the guarantee of peace in the war-torn region. I presenting the proposal in the good of the people,” said the passionate follower of late Abdul Ghaffar Khan (Bacha Khan).He maintained that Pakistan had been subjected to all sorts of terrorism, militancy, extremism and sectarianism during the past three decades, but no solution had been given to resolve the problems.He said many people were raising slogans of peace, but did not have courage to propose confederation of Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and Afghanistan for making concerted effort to eradicate poverty, unemployment, terrorism and extremism in the region.Talking about the Railways, he said the tender for 150 locomotives would be opened on June 4, but it would take approximately two years for the completion of the whole process. Had this process been completed in 2007, situation would have been different today, he regretted.According to Bilour, the Railways’ deficit had been increasing, but the government was unwilling to provide financial support to the organisation. “Acute shortage of engines is a huge hurdle in the way of progress. Without getting 400 locomotives, the Railways cannot survive,” he made it clear.He said the government had not given a single penny out of the promised amount of Rs 5 billion and Rs 11 billion to the department. Despite this, he added, the Planning and Development Division had now approved seven projects sent by Ministry of Railways, which would be helpful for minimising the difficulties.Sharing the details of the ventures, Bilour said the Railways would purchase 40 power vans and 500 new wagons besides reconditioning 27 locomotives. A 12 km track would also be laid from Chaman to Spin Buldik, he told the reporters.He said the matter of the default of the Business Express had been referred to the ECC.To a question, the minister said he was supporting the ruling of National Assembly Speaker Fehmida Mirza in the prime minister conviction case, adding that the decision was according to the will and wish of the people of Pakistan.

 

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