Pakistan-Iran-Turkiye cargo practice reaches Ankara, restarting route after 10 years


A ceremony was held on the Turkish capital on Wednesday to mark the arrival of the primary Islamabad-Tehran-Istanbul (ITI) practice carrying items from Pakistan to Turkiye, through Iran after the resumption of its operations.

The ITI cargo practice began its journey from Islamabad on Dec. 21, 2021, and arrived in Ankara in round 13 days. Turkey’s Transport and Infrastructure Minister Adil Karaismailoglu, Member of Pakistan National Assembly Makhdoom Zain Hussain Qureshi, and Iranian Ambassador to Turkiye Mohammad Farazmand attended the ceremony.

Departing from the Margalla station in Islamabad, the practice took a route of 5,981 kilometers (3,666 miles) in 12 days and 21 hours. The cargo practice goals to spice up commerce between Pakistan, Iran, and Turkiye. It contains eight loaded wagons, 20 ft every with a capability of 22 tons.

Karaismailoglu in his speech stated the brand new railway will supply new choices to the industrialists and businesspeople on the Pakistan-Iran-Turkiye route.

“It will save time and cost compared to sea transportation between Pakistan and Turkiye, which takes 35 days, and will lead to the development of trade between the two countries,” he stated.

“Thus, with the Islamabad-Tehran-Istanbul train, a new railway corridor will be provided to our exporters in the south of Asia — having the highest population density globally — reaching Pakistan, neighboring India, China, Afghanistan, and Iran. In this way, our country will be one step closer to its goals of becoming a bridge and logistics base between Asia and Europe,” Karaismailoglu added.

Speaking on the ceremony, Qureshi highlighted that the ITI practice would play an essential position in enhancing regional connectivity and promotion of financial and business actions within the ECO (Economic Cooperation Organization) area. Iran, Pakistan, and Turkiye established the Regional Cooperation for Development group in 1964 and renamed it ECO in 1985.

Qureshi added that the practice would supply Pakistan a chance to additional enhance its exports and strengthen its connectivity with worldwide markets, together with in Europe.

“The present authorities in Pakistan believes in regional connectivity and we really feel that to play a job on the nationwide stage we have to be economically dependable. In order to try this, we have to not solely have peace in our area but additionally enhance the commerce inside our neighborhood and this ITI challenge will grow to be a friendship challenge.

“We get access to the European markets and Turkey gets access to the central Asian states so it is a mutually beneficial arrangement and I hope it will be sustainable and we can grow from it further,” Qureshi advised Anadolu Agency in an interview.

Ambassador Farazmand in his speech stated the ITI railway challenge was first launched in 2009 underneath the financial cooperation group however remained suspended resulting from technical points and restarted after 10 years.

He emphasised that the three nations additionally plan to launch a passenger practice to the identical route within the near future.

The first practice from Islamabad to Istanbul was inaugurated on Aug. 14, 2009. Since then, eight trains have been dispatched from Pakistan to Turkiye. Turkiye has additionally dispatched six trains to Pakistan, however the practice service was discontinued resulting from floods in Pakistan in 2009.

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