Zardari Rahmonov expedite Chitral to Ishkashim road link, establish rail air links
President Asif Ali Zardari and his Tajik President Emomali Rahmonov of Tajikistan signed several agreements to complete road, rail and air links.
Rupee News has written an extensive report on the Pakistan vs. Tajikistan road via the Wakhan Corridor. The Wakhan corridor is disputed territory that was illegally transferred by the British to Afghanistan, to build a buffer between Tzarist Russia and Georgian Britain.
The safest link road can easily be built from Vadinkhot to Broghel Pass (20 km). No glacier, rocks, mountains on the way from Chitral to Broghel Pass. Heavy snow can sometime stops traffic.
Both the Pakistan and Tajik presidents reiterated, what has been documented in MOUs to build Tajik Air flights on Dushanbe-Islamabad-Dubai. President Zardari also said that he looked forward to Tajikistan’s Somon Air’s flights to Pakistan.
President Zardari also praised the other projects in the areas–like the ongoing Tajikistan-Turkmenistan road and rail links, the Afghan Tajik rail links, and gas pipeline through Afghanistan. Mr. Zardari describe them as “welcome developments, not only for both the countries, but also for the entire region”.
Both the countries recommitted themselves to connect Chitral to Ishkashim.
There are suggestions on alternative routes to connect to Tajikistan. Rupee News recommends using the Broghul Pass, because it quickly traverses Afghanistan and gets to Tajikistan. It also is near to China and traverses the Wakhan Corridor straight into Tajikistan:
Kabul has signed a deal with former Ottoman neighbors Turkmenistan and Tajikistan to build a new railway linking the three nations. Presidents Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan, Gurbanguli Berdymukhamedov of Turkmenistan and Emomali Rakhmon of Tajikistan inked the preliminary agreement Wednesday in the Turkmen capital.
The 400-kilometer (250-mile) railroad would link landlocked Afghanistan to a regional transport network, increasing the country’s export potential.
- It would link the Afghan town of Akina-Andhoi, about 650 kilometers (400 miles) northwest of Kabul to Atamyrat in Turkmenistan and Pyandzh in Tajikistan.
- The construction of the new railway is set to start in July in Turkmenistan. Turkmen workers will also build the Afghan segment of the railway.
- A 75-kilometer (47-mile) line from Afghanistan into Uzbekistan began operating in December 2011.
Rupee News recommends that Pakistan build the Pakistan to Tajikistan road link via the Broghul Pass (Northeast portion of he Wakhan), and not the Dorah Pass (Western part of the Wakhan Corridor).
This is what Mir Wazir Khan Awi, Chitral 26 Nov 09 says: “It further strengthens the plea that the highway should pass via Broghul Pass because that would also connect large part of Chitral with Tajikistan. Half of Chitral including Mulkow, Torkow and Mastuj are located in Upper Chitral and in the event of constructing the highway via Brogul Pass; this large area of Chitral from Broghul up to Danin would be covered and would get maximum benefits from the highway.”
The highway could also be connected easily with adjoining areas of Northern Pakistan via Shandur Pass at minimum cost thereby connecting almost whole of Chitral with Tajikistan and Northern Areas