Southasia - - EDITOR'S MAIL -

The writer of the ar­ti­cle ‘ Mega Rail Link’ be­lieves that the pro­posed Pak­istan-China rail­way line will “usher in a new era of eco­nomic pros­per­ity in the re­gion.” Surely, this view is shared by the majority of his coun­try­men. I won­der if they re­al­ize how far-fetched this dream is - of con­struct­ing an 1800kilo­me­tre long rail­way line that will con­nect China and Pak­istan. Apart from the phys­i­cal and lo­gis­ti­cal prob­lems this am­bi­tious project is likely to face, how are the two coun­tries go­ing to cope with the po­lit­i­cal trou­bles it will in­vite?

How do they plan to go about con­struct­ing the rail­way line in Balochis­tan, a highly volatile re­gion in Pak­istan? Isn’t it true that the Chi­nese na­tion­als as­so­ci­ated with many projects in Pak­istan work un­der highly strict se­cu­rity? Who will en­sure the safety of the peo­ple work­ing for the rail­way line at ev­ery step of the project which is es­ti­mated to take up to 7 years to be com­pleted? It is my sin­cere ad­vice that in­stead of un­der­tak­ing projects that are dif­fi­cult to de­liver, the gov­ern­ment of Pak­istan should fo­cus on solv­ing the ba­sic prob­lems of its masses.

Fakhrul Is­lam Mon­treal, Canada

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