LAHORE: Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique said on Monday dialogue and terrorism could not go side by side and the Taliban should stop terror attacks if they wanted to hold talks.
Addressing a function held here to honour heroes of Pakistan Railways, the minister said the government, the parliament and the state institutions were unanimous that dialogue should be held only with those, who were ready to lay down weapons.
He said the whole nation was united against the menace of terrorism. “Enemy forces cannot dent the determination of the people and soon the country will be free from terrorism.”
Saad said the Pakistan Railways was facing terrorism in a particular area, but attacks on trains had boosted the morale of its workers. The minister said patrollers were monitoring tracks 12 times a day. “The reason behind the attacks on Railways was its green colour, which was finalised by Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah. A moving green flag is a problem for the enemies of Pakistan. A multi-layer security is being provided to save tracks despite limited resources,” he added.
The minister said it was important to acknowledge the efforts of heroes. If their services were not appreciated, no more heroes would emerge.
He also appreciated the Pakistan Railways police, which were working with commitment and dedication.
The minister also condemned terrorist attack in Islamabad.
He gave away cheques of Rs 100,000 each to six heroes of Pakistan Railways along with shields.
The cheque and shields were given to constables Ibrar Hussain, Noor Abshar and Fawad Ullah for returning cash and valuables worth Rs 2.2 million to their owners while patrollers Rasool Buksh, Baacha and Mehboob Ahmad were rewarded for saving the Khushal Khan Khattak Express from a big disaster.
Earlier, a guard of honour was also given to the six heroes of Pakistan Railways.
PR General Manager Operations Anjum Pervaiz also lauded the services of railway workers and said the dream to turn around the Railways was not possible without collective efforts of all workers.
Participants in the ceremony passed a resolution to express grief and sorrow over the loss of lives in bomb blasts in Islamabad. PR Chairperson Parveen Agha and Police IG Ibne Hussain were also present.