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Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.—File Photo
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.—File Photo

BEIJING: Chinese officials have been asked to carry out research to identify a location for railway connectivity between Pakistan and China, a press report said, adding that people were enthusiastic on plans to build a train link to connect Kashgar in Xinjiang with Gwadar.

“We’ve already been asked to carry out research into the location of a station in Kashgar for the China-Pakistan railway, but a detailed plan and timetable have yet to be drafted,” Wang Yongzhi, the deputy commissioner of Kashgar prefecture, was quoted as saying by an English-language newspaper.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif announced in June that Pakistan would like to build new road and rail links to Kashgar and establish a Sino-Pakistan economic corridor.

If an overland link were to be established, Gwadar Port would become the starting point for deliveries of oil and natural gas to Xinjiang, China Daily reported.

Mr Wang said that China’s long experience of carrying out construction work on plateaus could prove invaluable if the decision is made to build a railway across the Pamir Plateau.

Yuan Jianmin, director of Xinjiang Logistic Association, said most freight from Pakistan was transported to China via sea route, a journey of more than a month, whereas a railway link would allow goods to be transported from Pakistan to cities around China in 10 days.—APP

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Kazmis Jul 14, 2013 10:49am

1st priority is Power generation Sir...

roy meddock Jul 14, 2013 10:50am

Connect Kashgar with Gwadar and the Uighurs will learn Jihad from the Taliban. It might be the end of China.

railman Jul 14, 2013 02:00pm

pehele ghar ki rail to chala lo.

Iran Jul 14, 2013 03:35pm

Where does your land connect with china ??? btw, it is a disputed region. remember the peril of building the railway link..

Maham Shahid Jul 14, 2013 04:49pm

Good move! Hopefully it'll help our country prosper and also strengthen our relationship with China.

Arjumand Hussain Jul 14, 2013 06:01pm

Great move by China and Pakistan for the benefit of the two countries. And for those critics who say first get the power generation problems sorted out let me say that you need to achieve all important tasks simultaneously. Arjumand

Agha Ata Jul 14, 2013 06:16pm

I thought this train was to be a sub- way- rail road in Karachi, which has become a dire need for the people, OR a bullet train from Karachi to Peshawar. :(

SAL Jul 14, 2013 09:08pm

@Iran: Look up on the map my friend. Pakistan meets China above Gilgit Baltistan (Nothern Area).

Amir Warraich Jul 14, 2013 09:47pm

bravo! one good step!

singora Jul 15, 2013 12:41am

Nawaz Sharif is doing what no other prime minister has done before. He will create jobs, provide educational opportunities and take pakistan into 21st century. It is a win win situation for pakistan and China. Hope the army keeps its paws out. Pakistan can and should do it.