Iran seeks land route facility thru Pak to India

ISLAMABAD: Iran has demanded Pakistan transit facility for transportation of Iranian goods through Pakistani land route to India through Wagah border. Iranian proposal seeks a transit route from Taftan to Wagha border. Iran has also offered financial assistance for the upgradation of railway line and road from Taftan to Quetta, official sources informed on Thursday.

The issues were among the agenda of the two-day Pak-Iran Joint Economic Commission that concluded here on Thursday. The meeting agenda also revealed that the both sides would also discuss law and order situation on the route from Quetta to Taftan, a land route of Quetta-Mashhad Bus service.

According to officials, Iran has concerns over worsening law and order situation and increasing incidents of robberies at Quetta to Taftan highway. “Iran also wants Pakistan to upgrade the highway and provide security to trucks that transit goods between two countries,” Ministry of Commerce officials told Dateline. Despite several announcements, the bus service couldn’t be launched due to grim law and order situation at Pak-Iran bordering areas. Iran has been continuously pressing Pakistan for provision of foolproof security for proposed Quetta-Mashhad Bus service.

The current meeting will discuss proposed security measures for proposed bus service and construction of service areas at National Highway from Quetta to Taftan border.

The other important agenda items include ratification of MoU on International Transportation of goods and passengers, abolition of visa for drivers carrying goods and passengers across the border, export of freight cars, and consulting service to Pakistan Railways by Iranian railways and setting up of a business forum between businessmen of two countries. The meeting will also review progress on gas pipeline project between two countries. Cooperation in the area of ports and shipping Iran has forwarded many proposal to Pakistan.

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