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Railways to decide about Eid trains on May 10: minister

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RAWALPINDI: Federal Minister for Railways Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed has said that the decision to resume trains in Ramazan and on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr will be made on May 10.

Pakistan Railways had suspended train services across the country due to the rise in coronavirus cases.

“I am ready to resume train services within 24 hours if the government lifts lockdown restrictions,” said the minister while speaking to the journalists at an iftaar party arranged by him.

Related: Pak Railways turns train carriages into Quarantine Center for COVID-19

Minister of Railways Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed stated here today that passenger trains service will not commence from 1st of April, 2020 as announced earlier. 

He informed that 7 hospitals have been established at railway stations and train carriages transformed into quarantine centers to cater to coronavirus patients.

He told that freight trains are operating carrying essential commodities including petroleum and edibles all over Pakistan.

Coronavirus: PR washes trains and stations

23rd of March, 2020

LAHORE: Pakistan Railways has commenced washing Lahore Railway Station (with chlorine-mixed water) in collaboration with LMC and other civic agencies in order to protect its passengers and staff from the mysterious respiratory ailment caused by Coronavirus.

According to the PR, on Sunday (22nd of March, 2020) various platforms, rail tracks, open spaces, yards etc were washed with anti-septic water in a bid to avert possible spread of Covid-19 pandemic.

PR has also started the drive to clean other major stations in the country under the same sort of arrangement. PR staff also distributed leaflets to inform people about the menace of Coronavirus Pandemic.

Coronavirus infects PR: 42 trains suspended

21st of March, 2020

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Railways has announced suspension of 42 trains in order to contain spread of Coronavirus by limiting human movements from city to city and province to province.

Railways Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed while  talking to journalists informed that 12 trains would be suspended from Sunday (22nd of March, 2020) whereas 22 trains will be suspended from Tuesday (24th of March, 2020) morning and other 8 trains will be suspended on first day of June, 2020.

According to Shaikh Rasheed the decision of phase-wise suspension of trains had been taken to facilitate the passengers. He said the notification for suspension of trains would remain effective till 15th day of the Holy month of Ramazan.

Nevertheless, according to the situation the notification would either be revoked or renewed. The minister had appealed the passengers to avoid unnecessary traveling and stay home.


M. Nasir Uddin commenced his career 25 years ago as sub-editor with PPI News Agency. For the last 20 years he remained associated with leading Urdu daily Express brought out from over ten different stations simultaneously. He reports religious parties, national politics and local bodies etc.