Army Major arrested in Pakistan Railways copper heist case

Five other people, including a PR officer, were also arrested in the scam.

Express September 12, 2011

LAHORE: The Pakistan Army on Monday confirmed the arrest of a serving Major in Pakistan Railway's (PR) copper stealing scam.

PR authorities said a train with copper wire was sent from Khanewal to Lahore where the wire was to be stored at Mughalpura Workshop, however the train, was sent to Kharian where the copper wire worth millions of rupees was stolen.

The army said that Major Ayub was arrested for his alleged involvement in the scam and a complete investigation will be conducted in the case.

Five other people, including a PR officer, were also arrested in the scam.

Earlier, in a similar case, the parliamentary sub committee for PR land had pointed the finger at the Lahore divisional superintendent (DS) and other officers over the theft of copper from a freight coach where in the coach was found abandoned and empty of copper at Kharian a few hours after it was stolen from a station in Lahore.

The federal government had announced an assistance package worth Rs11 billion to rescue the PR, that has come under fire for incurring losses worth billions due to mismanagement and corruption.

Earlier addressing a news conference after presiding over a meeting of PR officials on Saturday, Federal Minister for Railways Ghulam Ahmed Bilour had said that the main cause of the crisis was PR’s diminishing income from its cargo service, as the income from the passenger service was not its main source of revenue.

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Zain | 8 years ago | Reply | Recommend

Should we trust you or should we trust our armed forces intelligence officers who have interrogated the major and proved that he is guilty? Should we trust you or should we trust chief of army staff General Kiyani who has taken administrative action and dismissed him?

Do you think Army would disgrace itself by blaming and dragging an innocent person ? How could you be so certain that he is innocent? After all He has confessed that he was mastermind behind this .Those who try to defend him are also part of the crime.Allah has punished him for all his wrong doings and the only way for him is to repent ans ask Allah for mercy. Yes he belongs to a strong family but he brings the whole family of generals,colonels , brigadiers to disgrace.

zaib alam | 8 years ago | Reply | Recommend

THE NATION Railways official praised By Our Correspondent LAHORE

PAKISTAN Railways General Manager Operations has appreciated the efforts made by DS Railways Javed Anwar Bubak for tracking the lost copper wagon. In a letter of appreciation, he specially acknowledged the efficiency and dedication of the DS Railways Lahore as the recovery at a very short time could not have been possible without his prompt action. The GM Railways praised commitment of DS Railways and his honest efforts which he contributed towards PR.

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