Railways employees staged protest demonstrations on Monday leading to the stoppage of several trains across the country against non-payment of salaries. Frustrated and enraged employees did not allow any railway engines to come out of the engine shed by laying down in front of them. Twenty-six trains were not allowed to leave the railway station in Lahore. Iqbal Express, Awam Express, Tezgam and several other trains were stopped. Rail Mazdoor Ittehad president, Sarfaraz Khan said employees were not getting their salaries nor were their pensioners being paid. He said employees could not call off the strike on mere appeasement and false promises. Class IV railway employees in Faisalabad stopped Millat Express coming from Karachi at the out gate and protest by laying down in front of the train. Due to protest of the railway employees, the other trains coming from Karachi to Faisalabad were also stopped and trains coming from Gojra and Lahore were also stopped at Jhambra railway station due to which the passengers faced enormous difficulties. In Karachi the railway employees staged protests at the railway stations and chanted slogans against the government. They also stopped trains departing for various cities. In Rawalpindi, the protesting railway employees blocked the road by burning tyres. Protests were also held in Multan, Peshawar, Quetta, Sialkot and other cities of the country. On the other hand, Railways Minister Ghulam Ahmad Bilour has said that if the bailout package had been released in time to the Railways by the Federal Government, deficit would not have increased to the current level. "If the money was released then the crisis would not have escalated to this level" Bilour said. In an interview with a private TV channel on Monday, Bilour added that Railways required 30 engines a year and gave the example of India where over 100 engines were added to the fleet on a yearly basis. Bilour's statements come as employees of Pakistan Railways are protesting against the non-payment of their salaries.