The Pakistan Railways is expected to shut down all trains across the country by Tuesday (tomorrow) midnight till March 31, said Federal Minister Railways Sheikh Rasheed.
The minister said that after the trains reach their destinations, the service will be closed. “An official statement will be passed after approval from the prime minister today,” he told a media source.
“We had previously closed 40 trains, if we had shut down the service of all 108 trains, it would have had resulted in chaos,” Rasheed said.
A decision regarding freight and cargo trains will also have to be taken, whether they will operate or close down, he said.
It is important because otherwise, people will come on the tracks which can be dangerous.
“The problem is not Punjab, but lies in Sindh because people from here are going back to their villages,” Rasheed said.
“And all these people are from lower-income groups travelling from the economy class,” he noted. “Our foremost priority is to let most of these people reach home because if trains are stopped midway it will create problems for these people.”
Rasheed added that an official notification will be issued by 5 pm today about the decision.