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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