Lahore: Pakistan Railways is planning to lease 50 locomotives from India to overcome a crippling shortage of railway engines but the move has been challenged in court.
   
Lawyer Ansar Jaspal filed a petition in the Lahore High Court on Wednesday that said the federal government had decided to lease 50 locomotives from to improve train services.
   
He contended that the Risalpur factory had the capacity to manufacture 25 locomotives a year, and therefore, the government should use its own resources instead of seeking help from India.
   
He urged the court to restrain the government from leasing locomotives from India and to direct it to utilize national resources.
   
Moreover, he said, the Pakistan Railways should be ordered to make functional 450 locomotives that are currently out of order.

(Agencies)