China and Pakistan to modernise rail link
China and Pakistan have agreed to jointly upgrade the 1,600 km railway linking southern and northern Pakistan as part of a move to push forward the construction of the China-Pakistan economic corridor.
The pact also includes an agreement covering the construction of the Havelian land port, which is on the Karakoram Highway that connects Pakistan and Kashgar in China’s Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region.
The Havelian land port will serve as a transfer station where goods shipped from China can be crossloaded from trucks to trains after the planned China-Pakistan railway connecting Gwadar Port and Kashgar is completed. (ben)