According to the plan, a new 1,059 kilometer railway line from Havelian in Pakistan's province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to Kashghar
in Chinese province of Xinjiang would be laid to connect both the countries through railways.
The CPEC is a US $ 52 billion project (being financed by China) to connect Kashghar
city of China's Xinjiang Autonomous Region with Gwadar port of Pakistan.
For China, the strategic location of Pakistan is vital in formulating its future strategy in the region and, therefore, China and Pakistan have agreed on constructing the economic corridor from Gwadar to Kashghar
. CPEC will help reduce sea transportation distance by more than 4,500 nautical miles from Shanghai to major ports of the Gulf region.
The Expo helped global observers to see CPEC going into top gear with foundation stone of Gwadar new international Airport and construction of East Bay Gwadar Express way, a main artery of Gwadar Port through which the entire traffic of port will flow to Makran Coastal Highway till Kashghar
. Expo also created global ripples after Prime Minister Imran Khan said a cargo and passenger ferry service would also be launched soon from Gwadar to Karachi that would later be extended to Qatar.
In his dreamy scheme for the Ummah he, in one of his verses, he alluded to a unity from the banks of Nile to the soil of Kashghar
. This was, it goes without saying, in contravention of historical, ethnic, sectarian, cultural and linguistic realities.
Ambassador Khalid said the third area of cooperation under the CPEC was Gwadar port development which would be linked up Kashghar
, an important city in southern Xinjiang Autonomous Region.
CEO of Shuja Express, Muhammad Anwar said that the journey from Lahore to Kashghar
And if that trims China's 10,000km distance to Middle East markets and beyond - from the South China Sea to the Straits of Malacca - by more than half when CPEC connects Kashghar
to Gwadar, then so be it.
The ongoing CPEC and establishing of Kashghar
Gwadar road-rail network is an enhancing development in the accurate direction for the benefit of all regional stakeholders.
FWO has also initiated two major projects including a parallel pipeline for multiproduct movement from Memhoodkot via Thallian near RawAalApindi to Taru-Jabba near Peshawar and a cross-country pipeline from Gwadar to Kashghar
for commercial transportation of crude oil.
Kyrgyz Ambassador to Pakistan hoped that the planned railway link from Kashghar
in China to Karachi and Gwadar in Pakistan under CPEC, after completion, will connect Pakistan to Kyrgyz Republic through rail network, leading to more economic opportunities.
The proposed corridor would link Pakistan's underdeveloped and largely underutilized but strategically located Gwadar Port to the Kashghar
border region in western China.