Pak conveys concern to China over substandard rail engines
Last Updated: Thursday, July 08, 2010, 23:08
Beijing: Pakistan has conveyed to China its concern over the supply of substandard rail engines to it after the issue created a furore back home.

A top Pakistani Railway official, accompanying President Asif Ali Zardari on a visit here, told his Chinese counterpart that the 69 rail engines it brought from China did not meet the requirements of Pakistan railways.

While Pakistan has decided to buy 75 new rail engines and 200 railway bogies from China, General Manager Ashfaq Khattak told his counterpart yesterday that 60 rail engines supplied by China earlier were not up to the standards, Pakistan's official news agency APP reported.

Khattak said the Chinese company assured him that the new engines would meet the quality standards of Pakistan Railways, it said.

The issue of substandard rail engines had created a furore in Pakistan recently.

According to Pakistani media reports in May, the then General Manager Pakistan Railways, Shahid Ahmad, had said that the management had decided to drop the idea of acquiring 75 locomotives from the Chinese company as 32 previously supplied engines out of 69 had to be phased out after they became unserviceable.

The fresh order of 75 locomotives came after President Zardari himself intervened and forced the Railways to oblige the Chinese suppliers despite large-scale opposition within the Railways Ministry, reports said.


First Published: Thursday, July 08, 2010, 23:08

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