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Railways Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmad has claimed that 389 acres of land worth Rs 50 billion had been retrieved so far from land grabbers. He said work on the Karachi Circular Railways would complete within time on the directions of the Supreme Court.

He was addressing a press conference here on Saturday at Railways headquarter.

He also claimed that deficit of the railways would be more reduced by the end of the current fiscal year. He further said the cabinet had constituted a committee to review the matter of pension of railways employees.

He said a three-member committee comprising Abdul Hafeez Sheikh, Asad Umar and Ishrat Ali, had been constituted to review the matter of pension of railways employees as the PR had requested that pension of its employees should be taken over by the federal government.

He said the PR had also requested the cabinet to raise the salaries of the PR employees.

Railways Minister said that Prime Minister Imran Khan was working hard to improve economy and taking effective steps to control inflation in the country.

He said PTI leadership wanted strict action against corrupt elements. He said that nothing had happened in medical treatment of Nawaz Sharif in the United Kingdom which created doubts about his disease.

To a question, he said the government had no threat from the PPP and the PML-N as they were unable to do something against the government. MQM was also supporting the government like the PML-Q, he asserted. The minister said JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Reman would be arrested if he again came to Islamabad with an intention of sit-in.

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