Lowari tunnel Project: Envoy says Austrian consultants facing security woes

The Lowari Road tunnel aims to connect Chitral with the rest of the country.

Peer Muhammad July 12, 2013
The mouth of the ‘under construction’ Lowari Tunnel. PHOTO: FILE


Austrian envoy Axel Wech has expressed concern over the hurdles being faced by Austrian consultants working on the Lowari road tunnel project in terms of security and financial constraints.

The envoy shared these concerns in a meeting with Communications Secretary Muhammad Arshad Bhatti.

The Lowari Road tunnel — a project initiated back in 2006 with the special interest of the then President Pervez Musharraf — aims to connect Chitral with the rest of the country

An official in the ministry, who was also part of the meeting, said that the Austrians were much concerned over non-realisation of funds to the Austrian consultants working on the project. The ambassador also voiced his fears about the security problems being faced by the consultants at the project site.

A handout issued by the communications ministry read that Ambassador Wech said the Austrian government and people have close, friendly relations with the people of Pakistan and therefore, his country invests more in Pakistan than in any other Asian country. “We plan to invest in Pakistan and provide technical support to the social sector in here,” the ambassador added.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 12th, 2013.


manzer | 8 years ago | Reply

@Maria: No doubt that ZAB wanted this Tunnel ,as he was a leader of great vision,,and in true respect a AWAMI leader,,but his party PPP under his daughter Benazir TWICE came to power but did nothing regarding the Tunnel,and same with the Nawaz govt,twice again in office and no action.So please appreciate this despicable act of a Dictator for initiating this project and his evil designs of making the life of the people better.

Maria | 8 years ago | Reply

@antanu: Perhaps you don;t know that Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto initiated the Lowari Tunnel project long ago and that it was always part of the strategic planning of Pakistan to have viable trade routes to the North. The decade of misrule under Musharraf dictatorship cannot be washed away by trying to take credit for Bhutto's project.

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