Pakistan's first goods train reached Turkey after 10 years

The first freight train from Pakistan has reached Turkey via Tehran, Iran, after nearly a decade of hiatus.

Pakistan's first goods train reached Turkey after 10 years
Pakistan's first goods train reached Turkey after 10 years

The freight train reached Ankara on Monday via Lahore, Taftan, and Zahedan. This goods train completed the journey of 17 days in just 13 days. Another train from Pakistan has also left for Turkey.

The country's railway director Imtiaz Ahmed told that the first goods train had left Islamabad on December 21 with goods. This train mainly had pink salt i.e. rock salt and it reached Ankara, Turkey on Monday evening itself. Before reaching its destination, the goods of the goods train were transferred to other bodies that correspond to the railway tracks of Iran and Turkey. There were eight bogies on this train and through this about 150 tonnes of pink salt have been sent from Pakistan to Turkey.

According to Imtiaz, the second train has left from Azakhel Dry Port on December 28. Through this 525 tonnes of soapstone are being sent to Turkey. This train has also entered Iran and is going to reach Zahedan soon. This is where the bogies of the train will be changed.

Imtiaz said that by sending the first train to Turkey, Pakistani Railways earned 8 lakh Pakistani rupees, while the second freight train earned the railways 22 lakh Pakistani rupees. He also told that Iran is being used only as a transit country and all goods imported from Pakistan will be transported only to Turkey.