Train service resumes after 26hour track blockade

Karachi: Train service of Pakistan Railway resumed after 26 hours, when people who had besieged rail track against the killing of innocent people in Quetta lifted their the blockade. However, a large number of passengers including thousands of families braved immense hardships.

The railway track was occupied on Sunday afternoon by protesters near Mailr15 Intersection. The Pakistan Railway immediately suspended the train service due to security concern until the clearance of tracks. About one dozen passenger trains were stopped at different railway stations for the safety of passengers. On Monday at 3:00pm the track blockade was lifted and tormented stranded passengers breathed sigh of relief after a 26hour long nightmare.

Thousands of passengers, particularly elderly people, women and children suffered in cold weather. At some places they faced shortage of food and water.

Railway officials said, several up and down trains were stopped at Landhi, Drigh Colony and other small stations as the protesters blocked the main national railway track. The schedule of all up and down trains was badly affected due to force blockage of track.

Inquiry Desk official Muhammad Ibrahim said stationed trains would be gradually departed from stations after clearance of railway track.

The affected trains included Tezgam, Allama Iqbal Express, Pakistan Business Express, Farid Express, Bolan Express, Night Coach, Sukkur Express, Khyber Mail and Millat Express.

Muhammad Ibrahim said Hazara Express and Awami Express left the Cantt Station on Monday afternoon at 3:15 and 3:30pm, respectively after the clearance of track. He said railway department refunded has already full tickets to passengers of all cancel trains. He said no any train arrived at Karachi Cantt Station or City Station till 4:00 pm; however, many delayed trains would start reaching there within a few hours after delay of 18 to 20 hours.