Iran offers cooperation for upgradation of Pakistan Railways: Pak min

IRNA – Pakistan Minister for Railways Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad on Saturday said that Iran has offered cooperation for upgradation of Pakistan Railways, state media reported.

Talking to media in Lahore, the minister who has just completed his three-day official visit to the Islamic Republic of Iran said during the visit he met with Iranian leaders, including President Hassan Rouhani.

He added Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan would soon call Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

The minister said the coming time will be a golden era for Pakistan Railways.

During his Iran visit to Iran, Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad met with Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei’s advisor Ali-Akbar Velayati and both sides discussed bilateral ties.

He also met Iranian Minister for Roads and Urban Development Muhammad Eslami.

During the meeting, the two sides discussed several issues relating to mutual cooperation in the field of railways. Upgradation of Taftan-Quetta rail track as well as connection between Taftan and Mirjaveh were also discussed. The Iranian side showed interest in collaborating with Pakistan in this field.

He also attended the opening ceremony of Qazvin-Rasht-Astara railway route.

The railways minister invited Iran to participate in the bidding process for the Taftan-Quetta Railway Sector (ML 2) to which the Iranians showed interest.

The Iranian side informed that Iran Railways was also improving its track from Zahedan to Mirjaveh.