A Supreme Court bench headed by the chief justice of Pakistan on Jan 27 observed that no department in the country is more corrupt than Pakistan Railways.
The bench comprising CJP Gulzar Ahmed, Justice Ijaz-ul-Ahsan and Justice Sajjad Ali Shah summoned federal Railways Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, railways secretary and chief operating officer of Pakistan Railways to appear before the court on Tuesday (today) in a case pertaining to the losses incurred by the organisation, according to a report.
Without naming anyone, the chief justice noted that the person overseeing the affairs of the department was unable to manage the ministry properly and that the entire railways had been politicised. He regretted that every railway passenger was putting his life in danger as the railway stations, tracks and several signals were not in order.
The chief justice also inquired about the October 2019 fire that had engulfed a train in which 73 passengers were killed when apparently a gas cylinder brought by one of the travellers had exploded. When the bench was informed that ‘appropriate action’ had been taken against two individuals following an inquiry into the incident, the court termed the reply unsatisfactory and summoned the chief operating officer of the department on Tuesday to explain his position.