Iran, Pakistan to restore fortnightly train service

Islamabad, Jan 18, IRNA – Officials from Pakistan Railways, the national, state-owned railway company of Pakistan and their Iranian counterparts have decided at a joint expert committee meeting to resume fortnightly passenger train services between the two countries, as the security situation is getting better.

The Iranian delegation was headed by Majid Arjouni, Director General of Zahedan Railways. It was decided that train will be destined for Mashhad or Qom and will be resumed prior to the mourning month of Muharram.

The regular running of 15 freight trains, on demand of merchants, between Quetta and Zahedan was also discussed.

The proposed dates will be shared by the Iranian side. As the security is improving in Pakistan, Pakistan Railways’ divisions will be in a position to dispatch consignments to other parts of the country as well.

Usually, Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) is imported from Iran via road. Pakistan Railways also proposed specialized containers to transport LPG from Iran and offered a concession in its freight structure to promote trade through railways.

Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) Islamabad-Tehran-Istanbul (ITI) Train was also discussed during the meeting where Pakistan Railways requested the Iranian side to persuade ECO secretariat for the revival of ECO train to Istanbul.

According to the Pakistan Railways, revision of the 1959 agreement between Pakistan Railways and Iranian Railways is under process.

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