Azadi Train launched
Islamabad—Azadi Train, specially prepared as part of the Independence Day celebrations, has been launched from Margalla Station of Islamabad. Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafiq and Minister for Information Pervaiz Rashid launched the train at a ceremony at the station on Thursday.
The train has left for Peshawar from where it will begin journey of the whole country. It will reach Karachi on the 5th of the next month and terminate at Golra Railway Station on the 13th. Six out of eighteen coaches of Azadi train have floats projecting the culture of four provinces, Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Kashmir. Other six coaches dedicated to history of Pakistan, Kashmir Movement, achievements and sacrifices of Armed Forces, development projects and History of Pakistan Railways.
Remaining six coaches are attached for operational and administrative purposes. Speaking at the inaugural ceremony, Ministers for Information and Railways described the Azadi Train as symbol of national unity and solidarity.
Khawaja Saad Rafiq said it portrays genesis of Pakistan, our past and bright future besides highlighting cultural diversity of the provinces and different regions of the country. He appreciated attached departments of Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and ISPR for their close cooperation in making the Azadi Train a resounding success.
The Minister recounted steps taken to reform Railways and said it is an example how an official department can stand on its own feet without getting any bail out package during the last three years. He said there was hundred percent increased in the revenue of Pakistan Railways in three years. It earned 11 billion rupees from goods business alone during the last financial year.
He said Pakistan Railways has signed a contract with UBL for E-ticketing and plans are afoot for E-solutions and computerization of different operations of the organization. Khawaja Saad Rafiq said it is time we sink our political differences and join hands for taking Pakistan to the zenith of progress and development.
Minister for Information and Broadcasting Pervaiz Rashid said the train would disseminate message about achievements of the country during the last three years in different spheres of life. It will also help educate people about history and culture of the country and its different regions.
He said our armed forces and personnel of law enforcing agencies rendered immense sacrifices whenever the country faced threats to its security. Advisor to Prime Minister Ifran Siddiqui said Azadi Train is a symbol of national solidarity and harmony.