ISLAMABAD: In a momentous development aimed at enhancing regional connectivity and fostering economic growth, Pakistan, Uzbekistan, and Afghanistan have come together to sign a joint protocol. The main objective of this protocol is to establish a vital rail network link between Uzbekistan’s rail system and Pakistan Railways.
The proposed route for this connectivity will traverse through Termiz, Uzbekistan, then onward to Mazar-i-Sharif and Logar in Afghanistan, before culminating in Pakistan via the Kharlachi border crossing in Kurram. This ambitious rail line will facilitate seamless movement of both passengers and freight, bolstering trade and economic activities in the region.
The significance of this collaboration lies in the numerous benefits it promises to bring. By facilitating a direct rail link between these countries, it will not only boost their economic ties but also foster regional trade and cooperation. The smooth transportation of goods and people will undoubtedly streamline business activities and contribute to the overall economic growth and development of the involved nations.
The protocol signing ceremony took place in Islamabad, and it saw the participation of key representatives from each country. Minister for Railways, Saad Rafiq, and Finance Minister, Ishaq Dar, were also present during the momentous occasion.
This joint initiative marks a significant step forward in the region’s journey towards progress and prosperity. It reflects a spirit of cooperation and mutual understanding among the three nations, as they collaborate to unlock the immense potential of increased connectivity and trade through rail networks. The project is expected to play a pivotal role in promoting economic integration and building stronger ties among Pakistan, Uzbekistan, and Afghanistan.