Iran-Pak railway link imperative for bilateral ties: Pak minister

Islamabad, Nov 13, IRNA - Pakistan Minister for Railways Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad has said that railway link between Iran and Pakistan through Quetta-Taftan section is imperative for bilateral ties.

He said this during a meeting with Ambassador of Iran to Pakistan Mehdi Honardoost who called on him at his office in Islamabad.

Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad added that upgrading Quetta-Taftan railway would further enhance Pakistan-Iran relations. Iranian Ambassador also stressed upon importance of Quetta-Taftan section.

Both sides during the meeting agreed on mutual cooperation in Railways. It was also decided to constitute a technical committee of the two countries to resolve issues pertaining to railways.

Senior officials of Pakistan railways were also present in the meeting.

Quetta-Taftan Railway route is one of four main railway routes in Pakistan, operated and maintained by Pakistan Railways. The line begins from Quetta station and ends at Koh-e-Taftan station.

The total length of this railway line is 325 kilometers. There are 23 railway stations from Quetta to Koh-e-Taftan. The line then crosses into Iran and extends to Zahedan.

Earlier the government of Pakistan had invited Iranian companies to invest in country’s railway industry to improve rail systems of Pakistan.

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