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