RAWALPINDI: Pakistan Railways has decided to operate five special Eid trains to facilitate passengers in addition to giving them a special 25 per cent discount on the first and second day of the religious festival.
According to a Railways spokesman, the approval has been given by Pakistan Railways Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Muhammad Aftab Akbar to facilitate the passengers who want to celebrate Eid-ul-Azha with their kith and kin in their native towns.
The first train will depart on August 19 from Quetta at 7 AM and after passing through Jacobabad, Rahim Yar Khan, Multan, Lahore, and Lala Musa it will reach Rawalpindi the next day at 1.30 PM.
The second special train will depart from Karachi Railway Station on Aug 19 at 10 AM and pass through Hyderabad, Rahim Yar Khan, Multan, Faisalabad, Sargodha and Nowshera will reach Peshawar Cantt the next day at 10.30 PM.
The third train will leave from Karachi Cantt Station on Aug 20 at 11 AM and after passing through Hyderabad, Rohri, Khanpur and Multan Cantt, it will reach Lahore the next day at 7.15 PM.
The fourth special train will depart from Rawalpindi on Aug 21 at 7 AM and will reach Multan Cantt the next day at 10 PM.
The fifth Eid special train will leave Multan Cantt Station on Aug 25 at 7 AM and via Muzaffargarh, Kundian, Mianwali, Attock City and Hasanabdal will reach Rawalpindi the next day at 10 PM.
The Railways will give a special discount of 25 per cent to the passengers on the first and second day of Eid-ul-Azha. The discount will be for all classes on all the trains.
He informed that Pakistan Railways have offered free travel facility for the senior citizens for the first and second day of Eid. They can avail the offer in all classes of all the trains on Aug 22 and Aug 23. Over 65 years senior citizens will have to show their original national identity cards for the reservation and free tickets.