Pakistan, Iran agree to resume fortnightly train service

Published: January 18, 2018
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The two sides also decide to run 15 regular freight trains between Quetta and Zahedan. PHOTO: FILE

The two sides also decide to run 15 regular freight trains between Quetta and Zahedan. PHOTO: FILE

Pakistan and Iran have agreed to resume a fortnightly train service before Muharram in view of the improving regional security situation.

Officials of the two neighbouring countries made the decision at a meeting held on Thursday. Under the proposal, the train’s final destination will be either Mashhad or Qom, Iran.

The participants also decided to run 15 regular freight trains between Quetta and Zahedan, with a final schedule to be shared by the Iranian side.

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The two sides also discussed upgradation of Spezand and Taftan intersection. The meeting was informed that the upgradation of the intersection will be completed in the current year.

It includes replacement of the track structure, converting of 183 dips into bridges, rehabilitating old bridges and improving the signalling system.

Meanwhile, Minister for Defence Production Rana Tanveer Hussain and Iran’s Minister of Defence and Logistics Brigadier General Amir Hatami reviewed bilateral relations and discussed enhancing defence ties during the former’s visit to Tehran.

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