Railway line among Pakistan, Uzbekistan & Afghanistan to prove game changer for region: Azfar

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Minister of State & Chairman Board of Investment (BOI) Muhammad Azfar Ahsan participated in the Trilateral Working Meeting between Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, and the Pakistan held in Termez city as head of delegation from Pakistan.

Azfar Ahsan expounded that the 600-Km long railway line project between Pakistan, Uzbekistan and Afghanistan (Mazar-i-Sharif-Kabul-Peshawar railroad) would prove to be a game changer for the region. Highlighting Pakistan’s strategic location, the Chairman shared that the route to Pakistan has received most attention owing to its feasibility.

In this regard, the Termez-Mazar-e-Sharif-Kabul-Peshawar railway project could prove to be a game changer for the future of the region. Investment Minister & Chairman BOI said that Pakistan and Uzbekistan are poised to play a major role in the future political and economic disposition of the region. He stressed that both countries are fortunate to be led by leaders who have the vision, will and determination to work together to steer their countries and the region towards a brighter future.

He underscored that geography makes Pakistan the shortest, most economical, and easiest land connectivity route for Central Asia to the Arabian Sea, both for Uzbekistan and Afghanistan. He stressed that Afghanistan is termed the ‘heart of Asia’, as it connects different regions, especially Central Asia, via Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, South Asia via Pakistan and the Middle East, via Iran. Elaborating on the importance of China- Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), he added that the extension could potentially help Afghanistan become part of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

Azfar Ahsan expounded that connectivity has become a defining feature of the modern economy, and Central Asia needs to develop southern trade links to complement existing routes to the north, east, and west. “This Trans-Afghan Railway project is the most economical and shortest route connecting Central Asia with Pakistan’s ports of Karachi, Gwadar and Qasim.”

Chairman BOI other participants and speakers included Governor of Surkhandarya region Mr. Bobolov To’ra Abdievich, Minister of Transport of Uzbekistan, Mr. Ilkhom Makhkamov, Deputy Minister of Transport & Civil Aviation of Afghanistan, Mr. Akbar Jan Polad, Deputy Minister of Investments & Foreign Trade, Mr. Choriyev Otabek Bobomuratovich.

During the session, available conditions of cargo transportation in Pakistan and proposals for increasing the volume of traffic between the three countries were discussed from Pakistan’s side.

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