Pakistan & Iran might start a fortnightly train service. Both the countries have agreed to start the service before Muharram. The reason for resuming it is that Iran & Pakistan wants to bring betterment in their regional security condition.
In a meeting held on Thursday, 18th January 2018, the representatives of both the neighboring nations decided that the train service must be restored. As per the proposal decided, the final destination of the train will most probably Mashhad or Qom in Iran.
Furthermore, it was decided at the meeting that 15 regular freight trains must be started between Quetta and Zahedan. The final schedule will be shared by the Iranian side.
Normally liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) is imported from Iran to Pakistan through road. Now there has been a proposal by the Pakistan Railways to use specialized containers for transportation of LPG from Iran. Islamabad-Tehran-Istanbul (ITI) train was also discussed during the meeting between both countries officials.
Other than these major developments, both the country official discussed the improvement and upgradation of Spezand and Taftan intersection. It was agreed upon by both the parties that the intersection should be upgraded in this current year.
The upgradation includes the track structure replacement, converting almost 183 dips into bridges, restoring the old bridges and refining the signaling system.
Minister for Defence Production Rana Tanveer Hussain and Iran’s Minister of Defence and Logistics Brigadier General Amir Hatami studied the mutual relations of the countries and discussed ways of improving and augmenting defense ties at the time when former paid a visit to Tehran.
It is important that Pakistan & Iran both play their respective roles in bring ease in lives of the people. Not just this, if this train service is restored it will boost trade and bring economic and strategical benefit for both the nations.