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Pakistan-Iran-Turkey Cargo train: New Era of Regional Trading



“Islamabad-Tehran-Istanbul freight train would prove to be a game-changer in the region and would boost trade among the three countries,” said Shah Mahmood Qureshi.

 Freight train project for Pakistan, Turkey and Iran from Islamabad railway station on December 21, 2021.

Tuesday 21,2021 will be marked as the historic day as Three countries, Pakistan-Iran-Turkey, reunited after the halt of 10 Years. Foreign Minister of Pakistan Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Minister Pakistan Railway Azam Khan Swati, and Turkey’s ambassador Mustafa Yardakul Inaugurated the Freight train service between Islamabad-Tehran-Istanbul and called this service a game-changer in the region.

“Islamabad-Tehran-Istanbul Freight train service would be a game-changer and will increase the trading among the region,” said Minister Qureshi

. “We have opened our trade routes, and it is an excellent opportunity for importers and exporters. “He added

The idea of Freight service between three countries was brought up a decade before in August 2009 as a project under the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO), An Asian Trade Block of 10 countries. But unfortunately, we couldn’t succeed due to some delaying process from Pakistan Side. In 2020, during a ministerial meeting of ECO member states, the decision was taken to resume ITI cargo service again.

It is estimated that the train will take 14 days to complete the one-side trip of nearly 6,656 kilometres. This cargo train has a maximum capacity of twenty 40-feet containers, containing 80,000 tons of goods.

Turkey’s ambassador to Pakistan, Mustafa Yurdakul, was also present during the historic inauguration ceremony; he said the resumption of the cargo train service is a vital move part of the ECO framework and vision.