Pakistan rules out bullet trains in near future, says can’t afford

Railway Minister of Pakistan Khawaja Saad Rafique said that the country did not have enough money to build one.

By: PTI | Islamabad | Updated: November 30, 2016 4:13 pm
bullet train, pakistan, pakistan bullet train, bullet train in pakistan, pakistan news, latest news “Even if we do, we do not have such a big range of upper and middle class passengers who will buy tickets,” railway minister said.

Pakistan cannot afford to have bullet trains on par with foreign nations, the country’s railway minister has said, citing lack of market for the high- speed rail project. Khawaja Saad Rafique yesterday told the National Assembly that even the Chinese advice was against such train, also known as bullet train in common parlance, Dawn reported.

Under the ambitious USD 46 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) programme, Pakistan is building high-speed trains with a top speed of 160 kmph in the country. “When we asked the Chinese about it, they laughed at us. We should consider the 160 kmph train under CPEC as a bullet train. We cannot afford an actual bullet train, there is no market for it,” the railway minister said.

Admitting that their party had faced a lot of criticism over not launching the project despite earlier having made it part of election manifesto, Rafique said that the country did not have enough money to build one. “Even if we do, we do not have such a big range of upper and middle class passengers who will buy tickets,” he said.

Rafique gave members a comprehensive overview of the performance of his department and insisted that he was doing as much as possible to clean up the department and turn it into a profit-making entity.

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    Barb Dewyre
    Dec 3, 2016 at 1:45 pm
    And you must be blind. Do you see the common man standing in lines for a paltry sum of Rs 2,000 of his money as the government needs the money to write off NPA owed by Modi's godfathers. And not o forget that just a week ago we lost 170 common citizens because the Railways had no money to spend on safety.
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      Barb Dewyre
      Nov 30, 2016 at 11:59 am
      Even an inanely stupid country like stan is wiser than us?
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        Shafted mohammed
        Nov 30, 2016 at 4:03 pm
        Kangale , bhikari , beg it your papa China who would built one for you for the CPEC.
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          arech
          Nov 30, 2016 at 10:45 am
          Seems to be the only sane and pragmatic Minister in stan !!
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            Raj
            Nov 30, 2016 at 1:08 pm
            Are you mentally sane? India is in the top 10 economies of the world, a vanity project is a must for the country's ambitions. Only those who take risks make it in this world.
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              Raj
              Nov 30, 2016 at 1:02 pm
              Good point: When we asked the Chinese about it, they laughed at us.
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                frt
                Nov 30, 2016 at 11:52 am
                S CAN ONLY MAKE BULLETS, NO BULLET TRAINS. IF THEY ONLY STOP FUNDING TERRRORISTS WITH THAT MONEY...BACKWARDS AND UNEDUCATED WITH NO VISION LIKE MODI.
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                  ME
                  Nov 30, 2016 at 4:44 pm
                  Who said Pak cannot make bullet train, oh I am sorry, they can make bullet but not train.
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                    Gan
                    Nov 30, 2016 at 2:51 pm
                    Start taxing all the terrorists from stan who get paid to kill others. This will help create bullet trains.
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                      O Sajid
                      Nov 30, 2016 at 11:10 am
                      True.. people need bread first and save themselves from Bullets and Bombs of fanatic militants - before they can think of Bullet trains.
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                        Nitish Nitish
                        Nov 30, 2016 at 1:26 pm
                        India will have bullet by 2023 and by 2030 entire India must be covered with bullet train
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                          Nitish Nitish
                          Nov 30, 2016 at 1:22 pm
                          stan is a failed state.How can they dare think that?
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                            Vihari Naidu
                            Nov 30, 2016 at 11:07 am
                            Beg some more or suck little chinese wiener to get funds.
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                              sk
                              Nov 30, 2016 at 11:42 am
                              A sensible decision which unfortunately feku cannot think.
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                                S.Kumar
                                Nov 30, 2016 at 1:34 pm
                                Poorest country, they purchased more than 10 year old refurbished train engine from korea which is not running now days, Most of the existing china made train engines are also not working due to lack of skilled engineers or defective components...China hasega nahi tho royega ??
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                                  M
                                  Nov 30, 2016 at 11:22 am
                                  They have unlimited bullets, so they cant afford bullet train!
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                                    Anad
                                    Nov 30, 2016 at 11:56 am
                                    Sensible decision from a incorrigible criminals who have enough money to export terrorism and suicide bombers to neighbouring nations.What a shame on this rogue nation thriving only on violence and terrorism .The entire country should hang their head in shame for a dumb leadership and stone age culture
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                                      Citizen
                                      Nov 30, 2016 at 1:43 pm
                                      But they have money to promote train anti human activities all over the globe??? It is for the people to throw these guys out and elect proper guys who care for them/nation not for selfie.
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