A Fortunate Encounter: Navigating Pakistan’s Railway System

Traveling in a foreign country can be a daunting experience, especially when navigating its transportation system. Recently, I found myself in Pakistan, boarding the Nan Stop train for the first time. Little did I know that this journey would be both an adventure and a lesson in resourcefulness.

The Unfamiliar Journey

As I settled into my seat, I turned to my fellow passengers and inquired about the next stop: Okara. Their response took me by surprise. They explained that the Nan Stop train doesn’t halt at Okara; it merely passes through. The thought of missing my stop left me feeling anxious.

Assurance from Fellow Travelers

The seasoned travelers reassured me, advising not to fret. They informed me that the train halts at Okara every day, and offered a simple plan: as soon as the train slows down, disembark swiftly and head in the direction it’s moving. By following this advice, they promised, I would not miss my stop.

The Moment of Truth

As Okara approached, my newfound friends guided me to the gate. Following their advice, I leaped onto the platform and sprinted ahead with all my might. It was a race against time, and I was determined to reach the next carriage. In what seemed like no time at all, I arrived at the door of the adjacent compartment.

A Helping Hand

To my surprise, a fellow passenger reached out and grabbed my hand, while another secured my shirt. With their combined efforts, they hoisted me onto the train just in time. I was now safely aboard, heart pounding, but immensely grateful for their assistance.

A Stroke of Luck

As the train picked up speed, the passengers around me began to applaud. They congratulated me, saying, “You’re lucky you caught this train. Otherwise, the Nan Stop doesn’t wait at Okara.” In that moment, I realized the significance of their advice and how it had saved me from a potential mishap.


My experience on the Nan Stop train in Pakistan was both exhilarating and enlightening. It taught me the value of seeking guidance from seasoned travelers and the importance of quick thinking in unfamiliar situations. I am grateful for the kindness and camaraderie shown by my fellow passengers, reminding me that even in a foreign land, people are willing to lend a helping hand. This adventure will forever serve as a testament to the warmth and hospitality of the people of Pakistan.

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پاکستان میں لوگ کیسے مدد کرتے ہیں*
میں پہلی بار نان سٹاپ ٹرین میں سوار ہوا اور پہلے سے موجود مسافروں سے پوچھا: اوکاڑہ۔ کب آئے گا مجھے اترنا ہے…؟”
مسافروں نے بتایا “بھائی یہ نان سٹاپ گاڑی ہے اوکاڑہ میں نہیں رکتی… اوکاڑہ سے گزرے گی مگر رکے گی نہیں…!”
یہ سن کر میں گھبرا گیا
‏مسافروں نے کہا “گھبراؤ نہیں… اوکاڑہ میں روز یہ ٹرین سلو ہو جاتی ہے… تم ایک کام کرنا جیسے ہی ٹرین سلو ہو تو تم جلدی سے ٹرین سے اترنا اور آگے کی طرف بنا رکے دوڑتے ہوئے کچھ دور جانا جس طرف ٹرین جا رہی ہے… اس طرف ہی دوڑنا تو تم گرو گے نہیں….!”
‏اوکاڑہ آنے سے پہلے ہی مسافروں نے مجھے گیٹ پر کھڑا کر دیا
اب اوکاڑہ آتے ہی میں ان کے بتائے ھوئے طریقے کے مطابق پلیٹ فارم پر کودا اور کچھ زیادہ ہی تیزی سے دوڑ گیا اتنا تیز دوڑا کہ اگلے ڈبے تک جا پہنچا۔ ‏اس دوسرے ڈبے کے مسافروں میں کسی نے میرا ہاتھ پکڑا تو کسی نے شرٹ پکڑی اور مجھے کھینچ کر ٹرین میں چڑھا لیا
اب ٹرین رفتار پکڑ چکی تھی اور سب مسافر کہہ رہے تھے
“تیرا نصیب اچھا ہے جو تجھے یہ گاڑی مل گئی…
ورنہ یہ نان سٹاپ ٹرین ہے اور اوکاڑہ میں نہیں رکتی

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