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Karachi business community suggests railway track for ATT

Karachi business community suggests railway track for ATT

KARACHI: Prominent figures from Karachi’s business community including former President of Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI), and former Chairman of Sindh Board of Investment (BoI) have suggested that all cargo coming under Afghan Transit Trade (ATT) should be dispatched to Afghanistan through freight trains.

Former Sindh BoI chairman Muhammad Zubair said that previously Pakistan Railways was pushed back to create room for National Logistics Cell (NLC). He pointed out that all over the world railways earn substantial earnings from cargo transport while in Pakistan this sector was totally ignored.

He stressed the need for improving railways by buying new locomotives and establishing double railway tracks which will automatically reduce the cost of running it. He added that strong determination can bring it back on track.

Zubair was of the view that 12-day-long transport strike wouldn’t have succeeded if railways was in good shape. Business community sustained around Rs23 billion losses as a result of strike of goods transporters.