Mulla Bakhtur Rahman Sharaft, the head of the Afghanistan Railway Authority (ARA) met with the deputy head of Pakistan Railways Zafar Zaman Ranjha, Pakistan Railways’ Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in Pakistan to discuss the Trans Afghan Railway line.
Mirwais Ghafoori, the senior advisor of the Afghanistan Railway Authority was also present at the meeting, ARA said in a statement.
At the meeting, Sharaft assured the Pakistani side that the Afghan side is fully prepared for the technical studies of the Trans-Afghan Railway, read the ARA statement.
The Pakistani side, also said it was ready to start it’s preliminary studies and said the country has a joint commitment with Uzbekistan to pay the costs of technical studies.
The two sides also discuss bilateral railway cooperation.
The Trans-Afghan railway line is planned to start from Mazar-e-Sharif in Balkh province across to Torkham, which will connect Central Asia to South Asia by crossing Afghanistan.