Railways to tighten security at stations, in trains during Eid

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Railways Police has issued instructions to all superintendents of police (SP) railways to tighten security in trains as well as at stations to avoid any untoward incident during the Eid-ul-Fitr holidays. The department had directed all SPs railways to depute sufficient force at exit and entry points of all railway stations and strict watch to be carried out for suspicious persons, an official in the ministry told APP. Pakistan Railways Police Commando Force would be deputed at vulnerable installations and in trains, while bomb disposal staff would also be kept on alert for searching luggage and passengers at railway stations. “The SPs railways directed to conduct complete check and search of empty rakes before trains reach the platforms for departure for their destinations,” the official added. All the SPs railways would also be directed to remain present on eid holidays and randomly check trains, stations, and escorting staff. The official said the number of passengers was increasing day by day at railway stations and trains ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr and the railway administration had arranged special trains across the country to facilitate the extra passengers. Pakistan Railways has decided to run two eid special trains from Karachi to Peshawar and Lahore on April 29 and 30, respectively for the convenience of the commuters on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr. One special train would depart from Karachi to Lahore and the other from Karachi to Peshawar. The train would leave Karachi for Peshawar on April 29 at 2:30pm from Karachi. The special train would pass through Karachi Cantonment, Landhi Hyderabad, Nawabshah, Rohri Khanpur Bahawalpur, Multan, Khanewal, Shorkot Cantt, Toba Tek Singh, Gojra, Faisalabad, Chiniot, Chenab Nagar, Shaheenabad, Sargodha, Mandi Bahauddin, Lala Musa, Jhelum, Rawalpindi, Taxila Cantonment, Nowshera etc, and will reach Peshawar at 11:00pm next night.

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