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ISLAMABAD:  The federal minister for Pakistan Railways Sheikh Rasheed, during a meeting at the Railways headquarters on Monday, ordered the authorities of the Pakistan Railways’ ministry to auction off the 100 rest houses that the department owns. 

On the other hand, Pakistan Railways only has 11 rest houses.

The officials told the Railway Minister that he has been misinformed, adding that the Pakistan Railways does not even have 100 rooms in its 11 rest houses.

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Sheikh Rasheed was also informed that officials stay at these rest houses when they go out of station for official business. If these rest houses are auctioned off, then the cost of providing accommodation for the visiting officers will be more than double of what we are paying right now, the official added.

It seems that the new minister’s desperate attempts to ‘change’ the way the department operates is not auguring well with the department officials.