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Pakistan Railways resumes Islamabad to Istanbul Train Operations

Startup Pakistan: A train between Pakistan, Iran, and Turkey has been started from Islamabad to Istanbul.

A transnational cargo train connecting the South Asian nation to Turkey via neighboring Iran resumes service after a gap of nine years.

The train had its first trial run in 2009, with a mission to strengthen trade and communication links among the three countries.

Logistical challenges, pending infrastructure developments, and security concerns prompted the suspension of the service in late 2011, however, after an exchange of 14 freight trains between Turkey and Pakistan.

Abdul Razak Dawood, an adviser to the prime minister for commerce and investment, while announcing the revival of the cargo service, said the “Istanbul-Tehran-Islamabad” train will complete the one-side trip in about 12 days.

It will have a capacity of transporting 750 metric tons of commercial goods, he added.

Courtesy: Startup Pakistan

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