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Pakistan railway cars to have designated prayer sections
Monday September 9, 2013 9:39 AM, News Network

Agreeing to the demands made by thousands of people travelling long distance, Pakistan government has decided to redesign all the trains with special prayer sections, a media report said.

"It was a long-time and legitimate demand, which should have been met much earlier," quoted Saad Rafiq, the federal minister for railway, as saying.

"But, it's never too late. Thousands of passengers –both male and female- will Inshaullah soon have designated area to offer prayers onboard in each railway car," the minister added.

"Redesigning of the railway cars has already begun soon after the decision was announced. I have directed the railway authorities to accomplish the task as soon as possible," he maintained.

The redesigning of the railway cars will be completed in phases. Long-route trains are being redesigned in the first phase, concerned authorities said.

"Redesigning of hundreds of railway cars is not an easy task, especially when you are running out of money. It will take time," Saad said.

"But let me assure you, it will take time but not long time- a few months," he maintained.

The prayer section will have a digital compass to tell the passengers about the direction of Qibl'ah with the moving train changes its direction.

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