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  Pakistan News and more update 7/3/2003


Talking to news reporters at Dehli, representative of Pakistan Tourism Development Cooperation and Dehli Transport Cooperation announce that they are finalizing the procedure to resume Bus Service between Delhi India to Lahore Pakistan and hope fully it will start from Mid of July, 2003.

During the recent visit of Turkish Prime Minister to Pakistan in a new conference it was announced that Turkish Airline will run two flights a week to Islamabad and daily flight to Karachi. This flight schedule is expected to start from July, 2003.

Khyber Steam Train Safari
2003 departures

August 24th and 31st, September 28th, October 19, November 23rd and 30th, December 14th

Be a part of one of the most exciting train journeys in the world today by steam train, shifting back & forwards to climb the historical Khyber Pass in Pakistan. Travel through a unique tribal community, home of the legendry Pathan to Landi Kotal, the last station before Afghanistan. Two steam engines push & pull, passing through 10 tunnels & 4 switchbacks.

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INTRODUCTION: Soon after the opening of Peshawar Railway station in 1885 Captain J R L McDonald (afterwards promoted as Major General), surveyed the possibilities to extend the railway through the Khyber Pass as far as Landi Kotal The summit of the pass. In 1901 the North Western railway was extended up to Jamrud where a small mud fort ws built by famous Sikh General Hari Singh Nalwa and which remained a scene of great battles between the tribes and Sikhs before the annexation by the British. In 1905 th railway track was further extended through Kabul River gorge turning west to Shamlan valley but changes in the international scenario and British alliance with Russia slowed down the work and in 1909 the whole scheme was abandoned. Again in 1919 the third Anglo-Afghan war necessitated the construction of Khyber Railways due to its strategic importance. The myth of impossibilities was broken and masterly survey confirmed that the gigantic project was feasible. The alignment selected by Col. Hearn is a classic example of brilliant surveying. In 1939.The construction of Khyber Railway was inaugurated by Sir Charles Innes acting on behalf of the Viceroy of Indian Empire.

Source: Asghar Ali Porik JASMINE TOURS Department of Tourist Services License #333 jasminetours.com







 

 

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