A Pakistani lawmaker surprised his colleagues on Friday by suggesting that the country’s railways be handed over to the former Indian Railway Minister, Laloo Prasad, if the government was unable to tackle the state-run entity’s numerous problems.

Muttahida Qaumi Movement lawmaker Sajid Ahmed made the suggestion in the National Assembly while Parliamentary Secretary for Railways Noman Islam Sheikh was answering questions about the performance of the railways.

Mr. Prasad is widely credited with guiding the turnaround of the Indian Railways. Pakistan Railways has been plagued by several problems over the past few years, including lack of locomotives, shortage of spare parts and fuel and cancellation of dozens of trains due to a financial crunch.

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