Ghizer connection: G-B chief minister wants road to Tajikistan

Says route could offer Pakistan, China nearest access to Central Asia

Peer Muhammad December 11, 2015
Gilgit-Baltistan Chief Minister Hafiz Hafeezur Rehman.

ISLAMABAD: Gilgit-Baltistan Chief Minister Hafiz Hafeezur Rehman has proposed the federal government include the Ghizer-Tajikistan route into the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects to directly connect the G-B with Central Asian countries.

During his recent meeting with Commerce Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan, the GB chief minister said the Ghizer-Tajikistan route would be the most feasible and accessible project to connect Pakistan with Central Asian countries through land route. He urged that the route be built and connected to the CPEC so that an alternative access is available to Pakistan from the G-B.

Rehman said the project would not only be beneficial for people of the G-B  but would also offer both Pakistan and China the nearest route to the Central Asian states, adding that the CPEC is envisaged to develop connectivity with the entire region.

A commerce ministry official, who was part of the meeting, said the G-B CM said an initial survey and feasibility study of the Ghizer-Tajikistan road project was conducted by the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) government back in 1993.

However, despite the practicability of the project, subsequent governments have ignored it, he said.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 12th, 2015.

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Javed | 4 years ago | Reply | Recommend The route from Chitral is most accessible and short . The distance from the border village of Chitral, Broghal to to nearest Tajikistan town is only 16 kilometer While the distance from Ghizer to Tajikistan is more than 400 kilometers.
Humza | 4 years ago | Reply | Recommend @Virkaul: China has a border with Tajikistan and Pakistan is easily accessible to Tajikistan through that border too since it is not a great distance. Take a look at the map. Also the narrow Wakhan corridon in Afghanistan can theoretically be bypassed by an underground tunnel too.
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