Bring in trains
The article on the railway network in Afghanistan (or the absence of it) was an interesting read. Afghanistan is one of the few countries in the world that don’t have a railways infrastructure. However, in Afghanistan’s case, the situation is more deplorable since it is a landlocked country. But it is the people of Afghanistan, especially the rulers, who are to blame for this situation. Various Afghan leaders have often opposed the construction of a railway line, fearing that foreign powers could use it to threaten the country’s independence. In fact, Afghanistan’s former king Amir Abdul Rehman once described the Britishbuilt line to Chaman as “a knife pushed into my vitals”.
But now times are changing. The Afghans must realize that if they have to survive and progress, they need railway lines in the country. The absence of railway lines only worsens the transportation of goods and people in the country which has a poor road network. Fears such as foreign powers using the railways to carry out their nefarious activities are baseless since foreign powers have attacked the country and occupied it for decades – all in the absence of railway lines. So I think it is time the Afghans must realize what is good for them. It is hoped that the new government will take seriously the challenge of setting up a railway network across the country.