Islamabad (Web Desk): Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Friday inaugurated the high profile and long awaited Green Line Express Train service from Islamabad to Karachi.
Addressing the inaugural ceremony at the Margalla Railway Station in Islamabad today, the premier lauded Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique for adopting the model of outsourcing train services, including internal and janitorial ones.
“Outsourcing services is the way forward in today's world as governments should focus on governing institutions instead of running them,” PM Shehbaz said.
He said that state owned enterprises have become loss making entities due to political interference.
The prime minister said that the government is focusing on saving each and every penny of the national kitty.
PM Shehbaz also expressed the confidence that agreement with the IMF will soon be finalized and after that all multilateral and bilateral institutions will also come forward to support Pakistan.
He said the coalition government is committed to steer the country out of current economic crisis.
The premier also thanked China for its commitment on ML-1 project and providing all possible assistance to Pakistan.
Earlier, speaking on the occasion, Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique said that Green Line Express Train will have luxury coaches.
“We have signed an agreement with China to import 230 coaches,” the minister said, adding that 46 coaches have arrived and rest will be manufactured in Pakistan under Transfer of Technology agreement with China.
Saad Rafique said over 2,000 passengers can benefit from this train on daily basis. He said the train will offer various services, including Wi-Fi, infotainment, bedding, a utility kit and fresh food.
It is pertinent to mention that the Green Line, plying between Margalla Station Islamabad to Karachi, will be a Premium Express of Pakistan Railways having five-star facilities.
The train will stop at Rawalpindi, Chaklala, Lahore, Khanewal, Bahawalpur, Rohri, Hyderabad and Drigh Road on the way.
The turnaround time of the new is set at 22 hours, which will be reduced gradually.