First Islamabad-Istanbul train reaches Turkey after nearly 10 years

The first freight train between Islamabad-Istanbul via Tehran reaches Ankara after about a decade of pause, completing a 17-day journey in 13 days. The second train bound for Turkey is already in operation. The first train from Islamabad carrying goods (mostly pink salt) reached Ankara on Monday evening. The train carried eight wagons weighing 150 tonnes of pink salt.

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The second train, which departed from Azakhel dry port on Dec 28, carried 525 tonnes of soapstone. He added that the shipment has entered Iran and will reach Zahedan shortly for the trans-shipment process.

Source: Dawn