Ismaili communities occupy a broad swath including the central part of Afghanistan (Kabul and the Kayan valley of Baghlan province, where the Ismailis are of Hazara background); and Badakhshan--the mountainous valleys that stretch between northeast Afghanistan, the northern areas of Pakistan, the Badakhshan province of Tajikistan and the Tashkurghan
district of Xinjiang province of China; and Russia.
KARACHI -- Construction on a logistics complex that will further deepen bilateral trade between China and Pakistan, began in Tashkurghan
Tajik Autonomous County in Xinjiang on Friday.
Inaugurated in 1982, but not fully opened to foreigners until four years later, the highway follows the most treacherous parts of the old Silk Road described as "an 800-mile track of dirt, broken asphalt, and unstable macadam." It begins in the Chinese city of Kashgar, passes through Tashkurghan
, and continues south into Pakistan, winding its way down through mountains of pristine isolation and beauty, and ends in the hectic lowland cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad.
URUMQI -- Construction on a logistics complex that will deepen bilateral trade between China and Pakistan began in Tashkurghan
Tajik Autonomous County in Xinjiang.