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AfghanSoulja
06-24-2010, 09:10 PM
Once again look past the NATO supply route/karzai policies thing, look at it from an economical point of view..This is a big step in opening up Afghanistan to other central Asian countries





Afghanistan to complete first railway by end of year


Afghanistan will complete its first ever railway by the end of the year, providing a potential new supply route for Nato forces whose convoys are being harried in Pakistan.


he 47-mile route will link the trading city of Mazar-i-Sharif in northern Afghanistan to Asia's extensive rail network. The 110 million railway project funded by the Asian Development Bank has already laid 20 miles of track through desert from Hairatan on the Uzbek border the deputy minister for public works said.



Dr Ahmad Shah Wahid said work by engineers from the Uzbek national rail company was ahead of schedule for completion by the end of the year.
"Progress is going very well, the work is good. We are two or three months ahead of schedule," he said.
Afghanistan's first ever railway comes more than a century after her ruler deliberately refused to join the rail age fearing track would only be used by foreign conquerors.


The new route will allow Afghan exporters to transport fruits, carpets, nuts and minerals the length of the continent and beyond into Europe and prevent bottlenecks of trucks at what is already one of the country's busiest border crossings.


It will also offer an alternative route to supply 140,000 Nato-led troops in Afghanistan after convoys have faced ambushes travelling from Pakistan.
In the latest attack Taliban militants burned 50 supply trucks near Islamabad last week. Coalition commanders seeking safer routes have struck a deal with Moscow to allow supply trains to pass through Russia and Central Asia.


Trains are currently unloaded at the Uzbek border, but when complete will travel to Mazari-i-Sharif's airport.


The decision to build a railway contrasts with the desires of Abdur Rahman Khan, who ruled between 1880 and 1901.


As the competing Imperial powers of Russia and Great Britain closed on Afghanistan from the north and south, he forbade railways, fearing they would bring only foreign soldiers.


When the British built a railway to Chaman, close to what is now Pakistan's border, he described the line as "a knife pushed into my vitals".
"As long as Afghanistan has not arms enough to fight against any great attacking power, it would be folly to allow railways to be laid throughout the country," he vowed.


The closest Afghans came to train travel was in the 1920s when the modernising King Amanullah built a private line the five miles from his European-style palace in Darulaman to the centre of Kabul.


When he was deposed in 1929, the track fell into disrepair. The Hairatan railway is one of several tracks currently proposed under an Afghan government 25-year-plan to build a rail ring road.


Works has begun on linking the western city of Herat to Iran and a Chinese state-owned mining firm won rights to a huge copper deposit after promising to build a railway to transport ore.

parsiwaan
06-25-2010, 06:04 PM
I cant wait when this railway comes to kabul...and all the way to Jalalabad and Kandhar, and then to Herat and back to Mazar...just like the ring road.

pukhtana
06-25-2010, 08:22 PM
I cant wait when this railway comes to kabul...and all the way to Jalalabad and Kandhar, and then to Herat and back to Mazar...just like the ring road.
I heard they were working on a kabul-kandahar one is that true?

parsiwaan
06-25-2010, 09:26 PM
I heard they were working on a kabul-kandahar one is that true?

I heard that too...but lets hope savage pakistanis will not destroy it throw their dog..taliban.

شمله ور خراساني
06-25-2010, 09:38 PM
railways were alsways built in colonized territories for fast and swift transport of military personnel and equipment.

parsiwaan
06-25-2010, 11:14 PM
railways were alsways built in colonized territories for fast and swift transport of military personnel and equipment.

LOL that was in 19 century...in few years they will send these after the Pakistani rats--Taliban.

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شمله ور خراساني
06-25-2010, 11:46 PM
Once again look past the NATO supply route/karzai policies thing, look at it from an economical point of view..This is a big step in opening up Afghanistan to other central Asian countries


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You are being extremely ignorant. Just look at the railways the British built in Pashtunkhwa 150 years ago. Today Pashtunkhwa is as poor as the rest of Afghanistan. How did the Pashtuns from Pashtunkhwa benefit from the railways the British built to transport their military equipment and personnel?

NO BENEFIT what so ever.

I advice you to not to behave like a news headline junkie. Instead of cheering and clapping for the crusaders, study your own history. You will find plenty of analogies that might help you to improve your understanding of our current situation.

Young women sell their bodies and become female sex-workers in Liberal Democracies because they think, by selling their bodies and and dignity, they will be able to make fast money.

People like you who are happy to see this kind of stuff cheering and clapping like a cheerleader seeing how invaders are building their own infrastructure for their own personal requirements is like a prostitute being happy to be used as a piece of meat by filthy degenerates who will pay her some money for her services.


You might get a few bucks, but you will end up destroyed and marked for life.

Sober up, wake up and take a good look at the reality.