ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Gulzar Ahmed has summoned Federal Minister for Railways Sheikh Rasheed in a railway deficit reference and said that railway was the most corrupt institution in entire Pakistan.
A three-member bench headed by Justice Gulzar Ahmed was hearing the case on Monday.
“Nothing is functioning properly in the railway department. Its all records are maintained manually rather than making them computerized. The world is running bullet trains and we are still running 18th century trains,” the top judge said in his remarks.
He said all those travelling on railway were at peril. Neither railway stations nor tracks were right, he maintained.
The railway department was unable to cater to the needs of passengers and run freight trains, the chief justice said. “The entire department of railway is engaged in politics,” he said.
Justice Gulzar said he who wanted to head the railways ministry should first travel by a locomotive. He said Sheikh Rasheed was not a fit candidate to take care of the ministry nor he was doing so.
Justice Ijaz Ul Hassan said audit report had made it clear that railway had received a loss worth billions of rupees. The railway administration was unable to run it, he said.
The chief justice asked that what happened to the inquiry of the fire incident. The railway’s lawyer said action had been taken against two persons after holding an inquiry into the matter. Upon which, the top judge asked as to why the chief executive officer of Pakistan Railways did not appear before the court. The counsel relayed that the subpoena was delivered to the former CEO of Pakistan Railways. The judge said the current CEO should have appeared in the case. The lawyer said he was in Lahore.
The SC has summoned Sheikh Rashid, the secretary railway and CEO railway before adjourning the hearing till Jan 28 (tomorrow).