LAHORE: Former railways minister Khawaja Saad Rafiques counsel on Thursday submitted a reply in the Supreme Court to the audit para on monetary losses suffered by Pakistan Railways.

A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar and comprising Justice Umar Atta Bandial and Justice Ijazul Ahsan heard the case pertaining to monetary losses suffered by Pakistan Railways at the Supreme Courts Lahore Registry.

Officials of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) presented Rafique before the bench.

As the hearing went under way, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders counsel submitted a reply to the audit para pertaining to losses in the railways.

No corruption or irregularities have been mentioned in the audit paras, the counsel said. To this, the chief justice remarked, There have been losses. However, Rafiques counsel said, These arent losses but debt that is being carried over for the past 65 years.

The bench then directed the auditor general and federal government to submit replies on Rafiques response.

Rafique then said, Before me, federal government used to pay Rs58 million as pension funds and during my time, railways gave Rs21 million as pension. Kindly appreciate this time.

At this, Justice Nisar said, You will be appreciated when the matter is resolved.

Rafique has been in NABs custody since November 11 in connection to the Paragon Housing Society case.