Pak-China Railway cooperation to match bullet train speed

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Islamabad—Federal Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique together with Federal Minister of Planning Development and Reform Prof. Ahsan Iqbal leading delegation of Pakistan’s Railways Ministry to China met with the Administrator of the Chinese National Railways Administration (NRA) Mr Lu Dongfu Monday evening in Beijing, says a press release received here Tuesday from Beijing.
The Federal Railways Minister Saad Rafique during meeting, discussed cooperation between two countries in railways focusing particularly on ML1 Karachi-Peshawar railway project. He expressed hope that project would be pursued on a fast track and meet timelines with bullet train speed. He said that railway network project formed backbone of CPEC communications infrastructure projects and was of particular significance to regional connectivity.
During the meeting both sides expressed satisfaction over cooperation in railways projects including the ML1 (Karachi-Peshawar) railway project underway between Pakistan and China and discussed ways of its speedier implementation.
Lu Dongfu said that CPEC had made significant progress and friendship between the two countries provided the essential strength to overcome potential obstacles. Playing key role in economic connectivity, CPEC would change the dynamics of economic development in the region, he added.
He expressed the confidence that work on the railway projects were being steered in a very friendly way. He said that both countries shared the vision for developing effective railway system from Kashghar to Gwadar, which would provide a cost competitive mode of transportation and instant connectivity to China for transportation of goods, he said emphasizing the importance of timely commencement of railways projects. Lu Dongfu said that China and Pakistan had a solid foundation of cooperation. Lu said that cooperation is for friendship and for mutual development and the implementation of railways projects would have a tremendous impact on socio-economic development of the country, he pointed out.—INP

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