Pak-china bus ser­vice from Nov.3

The bus route will be from La­hore to Kash­gar and the 30-hour road trip will cost Rs13,000 per per­son for one-way and Rs23,000 for re­turn jour­ney

The Gulf Today - - ASIA - BY TARIQ BUTT/AGEN­CIES

IS­LAM­ABAD: A pri­vate trans­port com­pany will launch China-pak­istan Eco­nomic Cor­ri­dor (CPEC) bus ser­vice on Nov.3.

The Pak­istan-china bus ser­vice will foster the ties be­tween china and pak­istan, said the CEO of the com­pany.

The bus route will be from La­hore to Kash­gar (China), en­gag­ing peo­ple into as­ton­ish­ing and eye-catch­ing views of North­ern areas of Pak­istan on the jour­ney.

The 30- hour road trip will cost rs 13,000 for one-way and Rs23,000 for re­turn ticket (Dh1=rs35). Peo­ple have al­ready started to book their seats for this ex­cit­ing jour­ney.

As per sched­ule is­sued by au­tho­rised op­er­a­tor, the bus ser­vice will run four days a week from La­hore to Tashkur­gan. The de­par­ture from La­hore would be on Satur­day, Sun­day, Mon­day and Tues­day while de­par­ture from Tashkur­gan would be Tues­day, Wed­nes­day, Thurs­day and Fri­day.

The pas­sen­gers can book their seats ei­ther from La­hore or Rawalpindi and Is­lam­abad.

It of­fers pre­mium and lux­u­ri­ous buses, com­fort­able jour­ney, bet­ter en-route ser­vices that in­clude break­fast, lunch, din­ner re­fresh­ment bev­er­ages, tea, and snacks, while fast Wifi ser­vice would also pro­vide through­out the jour­ney.

Mean­while, a to­tal of 18 coun­tries’ lead­ers in­clud­ing Prime Min­is­ter Im­ran Khan will be com­ing to next week’s ma­jor im­port expo in China’s com­mer­cial hub of Shanghai, rang­ing from Rus­sia and Pak­istan to the tiny Cook Is­lands, though none from ma­jor Western na­tions.

Set to run from Nov.5 to Nov.10, the China In­ter­na­tional Im­port Expo will bring to­gether thou­sands of for­eign and Chi­nese com­pa­nies, aim­ing to boost im­ports, al­lay for­eign con­cern about China’s trade prac­tices and show readi­ness to nar­row trade gaps.

Also on Tues­day, In­for­ma­tion Min­is­ter Fawad Chaudhry said that the coun­try is in take­off po­si­tion right now after far­reach­ing mea­sures by the government’s eco­nomic team.

Ad­dress­ing news­men out­side par­lia­ment house on Tues­day, he said PTI government in­her­ited a huge back­log of for­eign loans, how­ever, we have been able to re­cover from the eco­nomic crises and inan­cial crunch due to bet­ter man­age­ment of state af­fairs by the prime min­ster and his team.

He said prime min­is­ter’s re­cent visit to Saudi Ara­bia and his up­com­ing visit to China would help Pak­istan over­come all the eco­nomic woes left by the pre­vi­ous regime.

Ear­lier, a top law­maker has said that the coun­try was turn­ing into a re­gional and in­ter­na­tional trade hub due to the strate­gi­cally lo­cated Gwadar deep sea port in Balochis­tan province.

Ad­dress­ing an in­au­gu­ral ses­sion of Asian par­lia­men­tary assem­bly’ s stand­ing Com­mit­tee on Po­lit­i­cal Af­fairs in Gwadar, Pak­istan Se­nate Chair Sadiq San­jrani said that Gwadar is help­ing to strike down the neg­a­tive im­pres­sion cre­ated about the area, re­ports Xin­hua news agency.

“Bring­ing Balochis­tan and Gwadar into the na­tional main­stream de­vel­op­ment is part of our agenda,” San­jrani said, adding that Balochis­tan is rich in min­eral re­sources and their ex­plo­ration and de­vel­op­ment can change the face of not only Pak­istan, but the en­tire region.

Laud­ing the po­ten­tial of Gwadar, he said that the port was be­ing de­vel­oped as a sea and land route not only be­tween re­gions but also con­ti­nents.

He also urged for greater team­work amongst the Asian coun­tries to re­alise the dream of a so­cially, eco­nom­i­cally and cul­tur­ally in­te­grated Asia.

San­jrani said the ca­pac­ity of de­sali­na­tion plant to pro­vide drink­ing wa­ter to the res­i­dents has been en­hanced to 2.5 mil­lion gal­lons, and three more de­sali­na­tion plants will be set up in the city to in­crease this ca­pac­ity to 5 mil­lion gal­lons.

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