Following the retirement of Junaid Qureshi on July 12, the Railways Ministry had dispatched a summary to the PM Office, proposing four names for the lucrative slot of the GM operations.
The PM chose Anjum Pervez as Railways GM. “Anjum Pervez is a talented official and had worked on important slots at Pakistan Railways. He had completed several important tough tasks in his career,” a senior official at the ministry said, adding, “Anjum Pervez is the blue eyed boy of Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique. A notification for his appointment is expected to be issued today by the ministry.”
According to sources, the names of Additional General Manager Mechanicald Asad Ehsan, Federal Government Inspector Railways Khalid, Director General Lahore Walton Academy Anjum Pervez and Additional GM Traffic M Javed Anwar were proposed for the slot of the GM.
GM-designate Anjum Pervez, talking to RailNews said: “My priority is to revive the past glory of Pakistan Railways by improving the operations of trains. Freight train service is likely to start by the end of this month while curtailed operations would be stabilised by taking several measures. Passengers would soon witness revolutionary changes in services as punctuality would be strictly followed. There would be no space for corrupt officials and no irregularity would be spared.” Ninety-six trains are running while 148 locomotives are in the Railways workshop for maintenance. No freight service is in operation for a long time.
Anjum Pervez is likely to assume the charge in couple of days and would hold meeting with Railways officials soon. Viewing his track record, it is easy to say that he would ask the officials to improve performance to make the Railways a profitable institution of the country. He may instruct the divisional superintendents to ensure their presence at Railway Stations so that they could address any emergency.
Engr. Anjum Perwaiz did BSc Engineering (Civil) from UET, Lahore; MBA from IBA; PGD in Quality Management from NUST; and courses in Project Management from University of Manchester, UK and Executive Leadership at Harvard, USA. He is presently serving as Additional General Manager (Infrastructure) (BS-21), responsible for the construction & maintenance of the entire infrastructure of Pakistan Railways besides preparation of strategic/corporate plans. Engr. Perwaiz served NESPAK for 5 years before joining Pakistan Railways in 1981. He, during his career has served in various positions including Project Director, Chief Engineer, Divisional Superintendent and Secretary, Railway Board. He is member Board of Directors of Pakistan Railway Advisory & Consultancy Services Ltd; (PRACS), Rail Constructions Pakistan (RAILCOP) Ltd; Karachi Urban Transport Corporation (KUTC) Ltd and Pakistan Institute of Cost & Contracts (PICC).