Sar-e-Aam team booked for exposing arms smuggling via railways
LAHORE/KARACHI: The GM Railways, Javed Anwar on Wednesday confessed that anyone can dispatch any sort of goods via Pakistan Railways, irrespective of the fact that how dangerous the consignment could be, ARY News reported.
Addressing a press conference shortly after a sting operation by ARY News program Sar-e-Aam team, the GM Railways admitted before the newsmen that there is no arrangement of effective checking of goods, which are sent to different cities via railways cargo service.
He confessed that anyone could send anything to a specified location irrespective of the fact how dangerous the consignment could be.
Anwar told the journalists that the railways employees found guilty of transfer of arms and explosive material are all suspended. He also told that a case has been registered against the media team for smuggling illegal goods to Lahore by means of railways.
The GM Railways added that the railways officials were told about the consignment that these were some domestic goods.
Meanwhile, the IG Railways Police has also admitted that it is impossible to check all the goods being transferred from one place to another via railways.
Earlier, ARY News program, Sar-e-Aam team had exposed offensive negligence by railways employees as it dispatched some weapons and explosives to Lahore via railways, which were successfully delivered.
Upon the delivery of the arms, Sar-e-Aam team informed railways authorities of this serious negligence by the employees, yet the authorities registered a case against the media team itself which carried out the sting operation to open the eyes of the high-ups of the Pakistan Railways.
The case was registered over the smuggling of arms and illegal items.
Meanwhile, journalist fraternity and numerous political figures have strongly condemned unjust behavior of the Pakistan Railways authorities with Sar-e-Aam team and castigated them for registering a case against the media men, instead of recognizing their efforts to expose the criminal negligence of the officials and employees.