Pakistan wants road connectivity with Tajikistan
Islamabad: Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said he would take up the Pakistan-Tajikistan road project with Afghan President Hamid Karzai.
Gilani was talking to Gilgit-Baltistan Governor Pir Karam Ali Shah when he said that the completion of project would provide the shortest possible route to the people of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Tajikistan, reported Associated Press of Pakistan.
The road project will connect Pakistan with Tajikistan by passing through the eight kilometre Wakhan corridor of Afghanistan.
Gilani said it was his vision to develop good relations with the countries in the region.
"I visited a number of countries like Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Afghanistan, India, Iran, China and other countries of the Central Asian Republics to further my vision," Gilani was quoted as saying.
He said connectivity was intertwined with transit trade and Pakistan was keen to enhance trade with Afghanistan and beyond.
Recalling the signing of Transit Trade Agreement between Pakistan and Afghanistan, he said trade among the countries of region had to be enhanced for which establishment of road and rail networks were essential.
Shah said the construction of road on Pakistan's side would require Rs 2 billion, while Tajikistan had already completed the construction of road and bridge on its side of border.