04 Feb '12, 4am

Cant wait to try it. #Pakistan serves up first-class rail luxury via @KasimGillani

Cant wait to try it. #Pakistan serves up first-class rail luxury via @KasimGillani

ABOARD THE BUSINESS EXPRESS, Pakistan: A security guard pointing a gun at your chest may not be a perk of first-class travel in the West, but it's all part of the service on Pakistan's gleaming Business Express. Thirteen carriages have been lovingly restored into a sleek sleeper to ply the 1,200 kilometres (800 miles) between Pakistan's two biggest cities, Lahore and Karachi, on an 18-hour journey that once used to take upwards of 30 hours. Presided over Friday by Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, perhaps keen to front a good-news story as he faces contempt charges, and waved off by excited crowds it is Pakistan's most luxurious and expensive train. For 5,000 rupees one way (US$55), or 9,000 rupees return, passengers are waited on by a bevy of attentive stewards, as they settle down to watch films on flat-screen TVs or power up laptops. Afternoon tea and piping hot dinner...

Full article: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/featurenews/view/1...

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