Pak Business Express is a very great idea to recover the image of Pakistan Railways. I heard from lot of people that the train is amazing and up to the mark. I agree this. The train is great but i found something disgusting in it that I will tell you later.
Above all, timing is more important. The train starts its journey from 3:30PM and you will be in Karachi or Lahore (from where the train starts) by 10:00AM next day. You may be in other city by 9:30AM. There is no compromise in it. It will help in promoting the discipline among Pakistan Railways. The waiting lounge in Lahore is a great place that is separate from the main Railway Station’s waiting lounge. But due to Load shedding, the AC’s were not working. There is a canteen inside it where you can buy things like food. You will also find a prayer area within the waiting lounge.
Pak Business Express offers the catering of PC and Marriot Hotel in dinner in which there is one dish of Chicken, Rice, Breads (2 naans), Raita, Salad, Kheer in sweet dish and a soft drink. That is enough for any person. Even some people in train couldn’t eat all the food. In the breakfast, they offer two slices of bread with butter and Jan and two Parathas along with omelet. Hmm enough for you. Tea is served anytime on request and it is delicious.
Seating plan is the worst thing I have noticed. In business class, there should not be four berths in a compartment but there are six berths. That makes the passengers kind of uneasy. In every berth, you can have a soft pillow and a clothing sheet (chadar). In every compartment, there are two switch boards available near the top left berth and right berth. Between them, there is a LCD equipped with almost three Indian movies, songs and some religious stuff. You cannot change the channel as it is in the hands of management what they play in what time. In every coach, you can move out from your compartment and sit outside or you can say you want privacy from your compartment members.
There is Evo Cloud (WiFi) in every coach but it ain’t much reliable or effective. Sometimes, the signal drops or there is no coverage in certain areas. So relaying on their WiFi is not a good idea (to be very honest). They seems helpless in making it good for us.
Bathrooms are good enough and no need any comments. :)
Overall, I found that Pak Business Express scored 8 out of 10. I found them very close to Quality Of Conformance.