Prime Minister Imran Khan and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani are expected to meet very soon, says Railways Minister Sheikh Rashid who had recently visited Tehran for two days and delivered a letter from Pakistan’s chief executive.
Shaikh Rashid Ahmad has said that the railway system will be extended up to Iran, Afghanistan, Turkey and Russia soon. Addressing a railway workers gathering at the Mughulpura Carriage Shop here on Saturday, he said that Turkey and Iran had assured of their cooperation regarding expansion of the rail system.
He said there was the possibility of a contact between Imran Khan and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in the near future. He said railways system would soon be extended up to Iran, Afghanistan, Turkey, and Russia, adding that Turkey and Iran had assured of their cooperation for the purpose.
On February 22, Ahmad said that the Quetta-Taftan-Zahedan railway line will be modernized in an accelerated mode. Ahmad announced the above during a meeting with Iran’s Ambassador to Pakistan Mehdi Honardoust in Islamabad. The minister said that cooperation in improving the Pakistan-Iran railway network will meet the mutual interests of both countries.
The Quetta-Taftan railway route is one of the four main railway routes in Pakistan, operated and maintained by the Pakistan Railways.
The total length of this railway line is 325 kilometers. There are 23 railway stations from Quetta to Taftan. The line then crosses into Iran and extends to Zahedan.