Chitral-Eshkashim highway Project -letter8
Valley comes under the administrative control of union council Yarkhoon,
is spread into a long valley towards North Pole at a distance of 260 KM
from its District Headquarter Chitral proper. In the past Yarkhoon
valley had the honour to host the Central Asian people, The Turks, The
Qazaqs, The Wakhiks and The Tajiks, poured into Yarkhoon valley through
different passes on their way to Mecca Saudi Arabia for performance of
Hajj as well as for merchandise purposes. Youth of the area serving the
Caravan on daily wages basis as porters facilitating them in their
movement from one destination to another in the hilly exhausting routes
was considered as main source of income for the residents of the area.
Correctly encircling the past history of relationship between the two
separated parts nations is difficult rather impossible which is as old
as the existence of social life in the area.
With the passage of time perhaps owing to world level revolution
following changes in the international political scenario, movement of
the neighboring countries people via Yarkhoon valley discontinued since
early 20th Century. Such state of affairs has adversely effected the
economy, its social life as such the North Pole connection region has
been left deprived from the recent development and placed in the cadre
of most backward corner of the regions. But one thing must to be noted
that Yarkhoon valley is still in use as gate way for movements of
migratory birds from North to South,and from South to North as easiest
way having vast Wet land reserves.
Development of ancient Central Asian Caravan used pony tracks passes,
The Broghil Tajikistan Pass and the Thui Sinkiang China Pass will
connect the world with Central Asian Countries will open new gates.
Tourism, Trade, Technology Transfer will enhance the agrarian economy of
both sides in particular and rest of the world in general. It will be
first step of revival of long separated nationality and relationship
linkages between the two nations as well.
Yarkhoon valley residents owing to its unique geographical location are
still awaiting the World Level Donor Agencies attention to invest their
due share in the construction of Broghil Tajikistan highway. Connection
of Central Asian Republics via Yarkhoon valley will prove one of the
safest passage and all weather routes for trading between South Asian
Republics through Lowari Tunnel and Afghanistan , Iran through Arandu
Birkot Pass will ensure prosperity in the region in the long run.
The purpose of my article is to support the Central Asian connection
through Yarkhoon valley being an easiest and a very feasible programme
if initiated in the near future. Connection of Highway through Broghil
Pass will be as all weather routes having fewer repairs cost being plain
area and no Tunnel Works reported involved in the way as compare to
Garum chashma valley.
In the end I have proposed to replace the Chitralâ€“Eshkashim Highway
Project letter heading by CHITRAL-GATEWAY FOR CENTRAL ASIAN REPUBLICS
PROGRAMME. In this regard I request the reader, writers and people
belonging to all walks of life to develop a consensus to suggest the
most suitable topic in between the two headings to enhance the
importance of world wide level developmental vision.
Kouzh Mastuj, Chitral.
04 April 09.
Chitral-Eshkashim highway Project -letter7
With cordial thanks to
all writers for suggesting route through Chitral valley to central Asia.
I am very much satisfied with all discussions being in national
interest. All writers agree to link Pakistan through Chitral
valley to central Asia and they also agree with the shortest route
and less cost of repair regularly.
I am also very
much impressed with some ideas about this important highway. Especially
the idea of ATR flights from chitral to khorog is the easiest one to
start because focal flight from Islamabad to chitral is already in
place. This flight can be extended to Khorog from chitral airport. It
will take only one and half hour (coming & going). This flight will
reduce the difficulties of those passengers who are going to Karachi to
take this flight from Peshawar, Islamabad and Lahore.
Secondly, what a good
idea of a historical cave in Karim Abad which links Chitral to
Badakhshan in a very short way. It is to be inquired and opened with
immediate action. If it is found correct then chitral city will be only
70 km away from Tajikistan. Pakistan through chitral valley will be
linked in a very short way with Tajikistan, Kazakhstan and brotherly
country china through this tunnel within no time. It is clear that plan
of highway from Afghanistan to china through Wakhan and pameer is
already in the last stages. With linking chitral to this road
through any way will link us with central Asia and china too. So with
the result of all these letters, the authorities can decide and take
18 Feb 09.
Chitral-Eshkashim highway Project -letter6
traveled several times from Badakhshan to Chitral ,Peshawar ,Karachi
,and even to Iran by this way .I found the Chitrali people like the
Badakhshani people in the same tradition ,thinking and race ,till I
passed the Dir hills, I was thinking that I am still in Badakhshan.
As per the historical evidence, Chitral, Badakhshan of Afghanistan and
Tajikistan have been one area with the same race and nationality, which
has been separated gradually by conspiracy of colonialist powers in the
last centuries .
The people from Chitral to Badakhshan Afghanistan and Badakhshan
Tajikistan have the same characteristics which separate them from other
people, and it is their hospitaility and peace wanting.
The proposed highway is a great idea and I appreciate the person's
effort who has generated this concept and announced for discussion on
the website .
This project will help all involved parties to have access to the needed
sources and goods at best prices and quality .
This highway will enable Badakhshani people to go to Chitral, purchase
their goods and return back to their home in one day .
Both Badakhshan (Tajik and Afghan) plus Chitral have attractive
transactional location in the world as we can rarely find such important
The road will start from Shah Salim by creating a tunnel from Shah Salim
of Chitral to Sare House of TooP Khana, which is located in Afghanistan,
it may be a five KM Tunnel and than it can be extended from Sare Hawz to
Sanglich trough Zibak.
From Zibak to Eshkashim it is about 30 Kilometers and approximately from
Shah Salim to Eshkashim it will be about 90 KM.
From Eshkashim there are two other options, the first one is that, you
can cross the Eshkashim bridge and go to Tajikistan, when we cross the
Eshkashim bridge there are also two ways to the right you can go to
China and from left you can continue your trip to Kharoouq and than all
other central Asia countries .
From Eshkashim Afghanistan also we can turn right and continue our trip
to China through small and Big Pamirs
The highway will let all involved nations and countries to have access
to different types of services and offer their deferent products to the
most attractive markets which cheap and reasonable costs.
As the road from Eshkashim to China through Wakhan, Big and Small Pamirs
is a very strategic road and has been already budgeted and approved by
the government of Afghanistan, it will help the Chitral–Eshkashim
highway to be very effective and efficient. It also will reinforce this
concept to become acceptable by the parties and persuades them to put
this opinion in practice in soon future ..
12 Feb 09.
Chitral-Eshkashim highway Project -letter5
Different opinions have been expressed regarding Chitral Eshkashim
highway.There are alternate routes to link Chitral with Central Asian
countries, we shall try our best to convey information to the concerned
authorities to conduct feasibility survey and decide the best route.
Our main objective should be to link Chitral with Central Asian
countries whether it is though air service or land route. Flights and
vehicles should leave from Chitral main town; the people of upper and
lower Chitral shall be unbiased keeping in view the bright future of
Chitral and its inhabitants and there shall be no leg pulling
Few points shall be considered while suggesting the feasible route.
o First distance shall be minimum so that there shall be less time spent
o Route shall be all weather to ensure regular movement
o Route shall be safe and secure
One time cost does not matters, main problem is maintenance cost after
construction, it is practical experience that in mountainous areas high
cost will be incurred at the time of construction but maintenance cost
There are different routes to link Chitral with Central Asian Countries
few of them are under:
1. Broghol side is one option, distance is lengthy, it is soft area
initial cost of construction could be the same as other areas; there are
no main rocks in the way for tunneling. But the main hurdles are;
maintenance cost will be high, travelling time as compared to other
sides will be more.
2. Second option is from Karimabad side, a portion of Trichmir Mountain
lies at the boundary of Chtiral and Afghanistan, in the foot of Trichmir
there is a large cave that was used to travel between Chitral and
Afghanistan before creation of Pakistan for trade purposes. Some people
living in Karimabad told that it was about 2 km lengthy cave, dacoits
from Afghanistan have used this route to attack on Chitral, for defense
point of few this cave was blocked from Chitral side. According to the
remarks of the people with little efforts this cave can be reopened,
such people can identify the side where the cave starts, jeeb able road
has been constructed up to Terichmir, so this is another option. From
Chital to Karaimabad and Terichmir distance is only 52 km, after
crossing the cave, distance to Tajikistan bourder is 35 km.
3. Third Option is Akram Gole Arkari, now a days people of Arkari use to
travel to Afghanistan using this route, total distance from Arkari to
Afghanistan takes about one and half day on foot. A gentle men from
Siwakht who called Pir has migrated to Afghanistan, his children are now
living there, people of Arkari are visiting frequently Afghanistan to
meet such individuals, it is a safe side, there is no law and order
issue. People of Arkari almost purchasing animals cows and goats from
Afghanistan. This route is used for transportation of narcotics opium by
Afghan people because there is less restrictions by law enforcing
agencies as compared to Broghol and Garumchashma. Distance from Chitral
to Oveer Arkari is only 50 km, if this route selected low cost will be
incurred in construction and maintenance also. After establishment of
proper check posts transportation of narcotics will be controlled.
4. Forth option is Shah Silim Garumchashma, link road has already been
constructed from Garumchashma to Zebak Afghanistan in early nineties,
due to defense point of view during Taliban attack on Afghanistan this
route was closed. Now there is a need of repair and it would be possible
with low repairing cost. The main hurdle is the rock exists at the
boarder of Garumchasham and Afghanistan, area is feasible but 3 km
tunnel has to be excavated to make it all weather route. The initial
cost could be the same or little high as compared to other sides but
maintenance cost after construction will be very low. This touches the
Badakhsan Province of Afghanistan there is no law and order issue in
this province, all people were in Garumchashma and Chtiral during afghan
war, they have good relation with Chitralis. This side is most feasible
for road construction.
It will take 5-10 years to complete the road if any one of the above
sides selected for construction of road, but we shall think about the
shortest time period to have linkage between Chitral and Central Asian
Countries. The only solution of this issue is air service between
Chitral and Khorog Tajikistan. According to the remarks of pilots of Aga
Khan Foundation who used to flew from Chitral Air Port to Khorog Air
Port the maximum time is 30 minute, which is the shortest time in any
From Karachi to Khorog there is chartered flight service almost on a
weekly basis, a large number of passengers are going to Karachi from
NWFP and Punjab to Karachi to avail flight for central Asian countries,
with efforts and struggle this route can be changed. If higher
authorities contacted and motivated to start flights from Chitral to
Khorog even twice a week this could be feasible both for passengers and
PIA authorities. From Islamabad to Karachi air ticket is more than Rs.
10,000, but passengers will pay only 3,600 for Islamabad to Chitral
flight, further cost from Chitral to Khorog will be less as compared to
Karachi to Khorog flight. The existing ATR planes can be used from
Chitral to Khorog.
Every Chitrali shall try his best to convey the message to higher
authorities, in this regard I would especially request to Shahzada
Sirajul Mulk and Fardad Ali Shah who have good relations with the higher
authorities to discuss the possibilities with PIA and other government
officials. MNA Shahzada Mohiuddin and Minister for Population Welfare
Salim Khan are also requested to please raise the matter in their
respective platforms to initiate flight service between Chtiral to Khorg.
07 Feb 09.
Chitral-Eshkashim highway Project -letter4
subject topic following dta is presented by the QASADO team at
villages (from and to) Distances Status/Condition Time.
1. Chitral to Booni 87 km Black topped 1996 2 hours 4000 - 5000
(truck able) All weather.
2. Booni to Mastuj 33 km Shingle 1976 2 hours 5000 6500 (truck
able) All weather Black topping from Booni to Mastuj and to
Shandur Pass is started in 2008.
3. Mastuj to Brep 30 km Shingle 1985 2 hours 6500 - 7500 (jeep
able) All weather Blacktopping from Mastuj to Brep is approved with fund
provided by Provincial Government.
4. Brep to Darband 42 km Shingle 1987 3 hours 7500 - 9000 Jeep
able All weather.
5. Darband to Yarkhun 30 km Shingle 1990 2 hours Lasht Jeep able
All weather 9000 - 11000.
6. Yarkhun Lasht to Kishmanja (Broghel starts here) 18 km Shingle
2008 by AKRSP 1 hour 11000 - 12000 Jeep able All weather
7. Kishmanja to Broghel 20 km Pedestal 7 hours Pass Construction
of jeep able road by AKRSP in 2007 12000 - 13000 started and completed
up to Kishmanja 6 km
8. Broghel Pass to Wakhan in Afghanistan (Gazkhon) 35 km Pedestal
4 km 2 hours
13000 - 11000 Truck Able 30 km 1 hour constructed by former USSR when
1. Gazkhon is a border village of Wakhan located at Oxus River which is
called River Amu that separates Wakhan (Afghanistan) from Tajikistan.
Only 3 hours drive through safe Wakhan before entering Tajikistan.
2, Presently people walk on foot (pedestal) linking Kishmanja the first
village of Broghel to Vadinkhot, Arqaun, Chikar, Eshkarvarz, Chilmarabad,
Garel, Lashkargaz and at the end famous Qurumbar Lake Distance from
Kishmanja to Vadinkhot is 6 km, Vadinkhot to Arkaun 6 km, Arkaun to
Eshkarvarz/Chikar 7 km, Eshkarvarz to Chilmarabad 3 km, Garel 5 km,
Lashkargaz 5 km and Qurumbar Lake 7 km.
3. Safest link road can easily be built from Vadinkhot to Broghel Pass
(20 km). No glacier, rocks, mountains on the way from Chitral to Broghel
Pass. Heavy snow can sometime stops traffic. Mastuj Broghel Pass road
(140 km) links N/Areas through Shandur, Thoi and Darkhot passes
connecting Ghizer District at Phandar & Yasein Valley.
Liaquat Ali &
06 Feb 09.
Chitral-Eshkashim highway Project -letter3
During my studies in Kazakistan one of my colleagues awed me very much,
there were two reasons; one I was not a good reader, weak in studies and
second I was not good as my friend was in Russian. It took me three
months; I mean I was so impressed, he was quoting books and writers all
the time; one fine morning we were sitting outside the apartment Ms.
Dilnozo asked me about my friend Mr. Rahmikodov. I replied; he is very
learned guy, and she smile, her impression was showing that something is
wrong. I mean to quote the sentence here is, we have to take this debate
on a very positive way and on realistic grounds, not the fake materials
people do write and we will extract. Whilst, the topic we are talking,
is very important for the future generations of Chitral, Badakhshan
Afghanistan and Badakhshan Tajikistan. Before I start answering the
respectable writers, I can apologize first, because my English is not up
to that standard and I am not a good writer like them. However, I am not
personally targeting anyone; it is a kind of experience sharing. During
the Afghan war several times I traveled to Chitral from Badakhshan and
Chitral to Badakhshan via Durah, Khatinza and once from Broghil. During
my student life and even now I have very frequent visits to Central
Asian Countries, still doing business in Khujan Tajikistan. Last week I
traveled from Ishkashem Afghanistan – Tajikistan via Khorog to Dushanbe
then fly to Khujand.
First of all, I can comments on the first writer; Mr. I. Aseer’s write
up is impressive one; he has a good knowledge about the area from
Chitral to up –to Ishkashem Bridge. The same he has written is perceive
sound; I met one Chitrali guy in 1994, we travelled from Chitral Town to
Garum Chashma, he was helper with the surveyor team, still I remember
his name; Syed Alim Shah. During discussion he told that the distance is
the same what Mr. I. Aseer has written in his letter. But on the other
hand, I will be disagreeing with the distances given by Mr. Aseer
between Dushanbe and Chitral is not the correct one. Yes, it is right as
Alim Shah told that 185 to 225 like that, it is from Chitral to
Ishkashem not Dushanbe it might be miss printed. While, you are
travelling from Chitral to Dushanbe that you have to choose three
bridges to enter into Tajikistan.
Bridge One (Ishkashem)
The nearest bridge which has access for heavy and light vehicular is
Ishkashem the bridge has been inaugurated by HH Prince Karim Aga Khan,
Mr. Khalili from Afghan side and Mr. Imam Ali Rahmanov the President of
Tajikistan. If you cross that bridge you will enter into Tajikisan there
is only one road leads to Dushanbe is the road on the right bank of Oxus
River (Darya-e-Panj in Tajikistan and Dary-e-Amu the Afghan people
says). The condition is good in most places but, it is difficult to
travel in winter time due to heavy snow fall as we experienced last
week. Here, I can share with our readers about the distances between
Chitral to Ishkashem Tajikistan is similar like that what Mr. I. Aseer
has written as I traveled, but it might be less or may be 50 km longer
not more than that. While, you are travelling from Chitral to Brogil it
is approximately 220 km only in Pakistan side. Beside of that last year
July when we went to Brogil in Afghanistan side we measured by our own
jeep distance recorder, it is 110 km from Ishkashem to Khandud the
capital town of Brogil and the same from Khandud to Brogil, it means 220
km from Afghanistan side. So, to reach the first bridge through Broghil
pass indicates traveling more than 440 km from Chitral to reach
Ishkashem Bridge. In one autumn we three friends traveled from Chitral
to Ishkashem , it was 1996 and took fifteen days to reach there through
Broghil. While, travelling from Chitral to Ishkashem is only three days
journey through Durah Pass. Here, I can also mention the distance
between Ishkashem to Khorog that is 180 km and distance between Khorog
to Dushanbe is 579 km but, if you reached in Khorog one another road is
leading to Kirghizstan, so you may go to Dushanbe or other central Asian
Country (but only in summer Kirghizistan).
Bridge Two (Shughanan)
The second Bridge also constructed by Aga Khan Development Network
between Shughnan Afghanistan to Khorog. Shughnan is like Chitral, six
month cut off from the other part of Afghanistan due to heavy snow fall
in Shiwa Pass. If you are choosing this bridge to go to Tajikistan then
you have to travel to Baharak and then Shiwa pass to Shughan and then
Khorog. So, from Ishkashem to Baharak it is approximately 100 km &
Baharak to Shughan is approximately the same 100 km the road through
Brogil will be 640 to enter into Tajikistan. While, choosing Durah Pass
you cannot go to Ishkashem and the distance between Ishkashem and Zebok
is 35 km so, between Chitral and Khorog will be 385. Hence, you are in a
Central Asian City, you may go to Dushanbe or Kirghizstan from there.
Sher Khan Bandar the Main Bridge between Afghanistan and Tajikistan
This bridge is situated at a distance of 85 km from Kunduz city, most
trade between Central Asian Countries and Afghanistan is accessible
through this bridge & route. It is easy for reset of the Asian countries
to choose this route rather than the other two bridges, except security
the road condition and other infrastructure is very good, if road has
been constructed between Chitral to Badakhshan this route will be used
sometimes in winter. Here, again I can write the distance between
Faizabad the capital city of Badakhshan and Kunduz is 265 and between
Ishkashem to Faizabad is 160.
Now I would like to answer the second writer
1. The road will cross through Pakistani Territory (expect Wakhon
Strip), what I think is not the the right statement when we are talking
about Durah or Broghil, it is only Possible through Arkari to cross the
20 km of Wakhon Strip at Qazdeh, but it is not possible because of the
glacier on the way between Arkari and Qazdeh.
2. Every county construct road to see the future feasibility not only to
see the current scenario, the future cost of trades and travelers are
also being considered. If we think like that the road from Peshawer
through Gilgit to Chital is more feasible as compare to Lawari Tunnel.
Furthermore, Durah pass was available for vehicular traffic for several
years and it has been blocked in several places when Mr. Najmuddin Khan
was Commander of Northern Badakhshan due to Taliban fears, only needs
repair and expansion.
3. Yes, here I can agree with the writer that very short span of time
the road will be constructed, but huge amount will be spend on
maintenance or these kinds of roads are constructed for one time. Aga
Khan Rural Support Programme built roads even for pastures in Northern
Pakistan, Broghil is the only area don’t have road access, what I think
4. Yes, the Broghil road is much easier for Silk Route and if we are
thinking about China that this side is 100% more feasible than current
KKH between Pakistan & China.
5. Wakhan is six month cut off with other part of Afghanistan due to
snow fall and both sides Durah and Broghil are not feasible in winter
but using modern technology it can be possible.
6. Finally, we don’t have to be impressed from the Western people and
the NOTES OF CHITRAL which written by them, just ask thousand Chitralies
& Afghanis living in Chitral have been to Badakhshan during the Afghan
war and after that, which part is shortest and more reasonable THAT WE
CAN SAY A BEST NOTE.
7. Last but not least, I can comments on the writer’s view & try to
correct him; the Capital City of Afghan Province Badakhshan is Faizabad.
If you are travelling from Faizabad to Mazar-e-Sharif, you have to go to
Takhar Province first then Kuduz Province, then Baghlan Province then
Smangan Province then you can enter into Balkh Province and Mazar-e-Sharif
is the capital city of Balkh. When we are talking about historical
records & trade, we can start from the very recent records i.e. trade
during Afghan War (which I was also doing stone business through Durah
Pass), at the Time of Mehtar-e-Chitral and Religious Scholars like Hakin
Nasir-e-Khisraw and Pir Shams. I can agree with the writer that there
are some stories regarding Kirghiz & Chinese people who were using the
Broghil route for Pilgrims and trade and still that is feasible for
China and the Kirghizstan but that must be another topic like Kashghar
or Pamir – Chitral highway not Chitral – Ishkashem Highway.
Mirza Mohammad Ziayie
Khujand - Tajikistan
04 Feb 09.
Chitral-Eshkashim highway Project -letter2
It is with reference to Mr. Inayatullah Aseer's letter of 29-01-2009 ,
titled. 'Chitral-Shikashim High Way'. The letter reminds me of a report
by Mr. Muhammad Rahim Baig, published in the Daily Statement, Peshawar ,
some times in December, 2004 which was also based on the same statement
of Mr.Aseer. Responding to the said report this scribe had given brief
account of merits and demerits of the historical ancient route of the
people of North and North East Asia, the Boroghel Pass via the main
Chitral valley as part of the ancient Silk Road and Garumchashma route
leading to northern part of Afghanistan.That was also published by the
Statesman, Peshawar on 13-12.2004, under heading, 'Chitral-Tajekistan
High Way via Garumchashma unfeasibleâ'. I had requested the High Way
authorities to carry out survey of both the sites during Feb-April when
all the valleys were clad in snow and obstructed by snow avalanches
blocking even pedestrians. During the winter months one can easily find
out the dangerous and obstructive areas and the site feasible for
construction of a high way which will be serviceable round the year.
Again, the same news paper (The Statesmen, Peshawar), published a news
item on Dec:19, 2004 in which it was reported that the then Minister for
Water and Power Mr. Liaqat Ali Jatoi had directed NESPAK to finalize
feasibility report for establishing road link between Pakistan and
Tajekistan at the earliest and submit to the authorities for approval.
The report further gave some detail of the proposed site starting from
Gilgit, crossing Shandur and Mastuj valley it was to cross Boroghil Pass
via Yarkhun valley. Had the survey carried out by the company as
referred to by Mr. Inayatullah Aseer, been feasible, NESPAK would not
have been directed for feasibility report of another site as mentioned
My humble request to each and every Chitrali brother with knowledge of
the ancient history and geographical conditions of the regions north and
south of the Hindukush ranges is that the issue of Chitral Tajekistan
Road may not be politicized'. We should not advocate for a certain and
certain site, rather we should provide guidance to the concern
authorities on the basis of historical proofs.
Exact and accurate information provided to the concerned authorities
shall enable them to select the most suitable site for this important
high way to be proved more beneficial not only for Chitral and our
country but for all the stake holders as well.
We give priority to Chitral-Broghel site for the anticipated high way on
the following grounds:
1- That road will cross all through Pakistani territory (except a few
kilometers of Wakhan strip), ensuring complete safety and security of
2- There is cost benefit because a 25 feet kacha road has already been
constructed up to Wedinkot, Broghel.
3- The project will be completed within very short period expending
approximately 50% less of the estimated cost of the project, because no
solid rocks and mountains come in the way and construction of no extra
bridges over the rivers or streams involve.
4- It will easily link with the Qaraqurum High way through Shandur Pass
at Mastuj and Darkot Pass at Boroghel providing alternate passage in
case of blockage of any one of these roads.
5- It will prove all-weather road as there is no apprehension of
blockade during winters due to snow avalanches and sliding.
6- Last but not least, the historical records must be kept in view and
the fact should be accepted that 'history repeats it self' and if we go
against it, we shall be doing a big blunder and that our future
generation will not forgive us. Leaving aside all other references I am
quoting, I.D. Scot, ICS, Late APO, Chitral in the NOTES ON CHITRAL,
published by Government of India Press, Simla, 1937, at page, 2, 'The
more usual route, however, is over the Boroghil Pass, across Wakhan, and
so to the Yarkand valley. Until recently these routes, especially the
Boroghil were extensively used by caravans of Turkistan traders on their
way to India . For various reasons this trade has at present practically
ceased. These have been trade routes from time immemorial and were much
used by Chinese pilgrims in the early centuries AD on their way to the
Buddhist shrines of India'.
In the following paragraph, he mentions the passes leading to north east
of Afghanistan and refers to Durah Pass as, â€œ The most important pass
leading out of Chitral on the north west is the Durah, an easy pass of
14000 feet leading to Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of the Afghan province
of Badakhshan, to Khanabad, and on to Balkh and Afghan Turkistan. There
used to be a very considerable trade over the Durah Pass chiefly in
salt, tea, sugar and wool, from which Chitral extracted profit from
toll; at present, however, an average of only about 40 traders cross
every week during the summer months'
The above description of both the passes is self explanatory to
determine the most feasible site for the anticipated Chitral-Tajekistan
High Way .
Sher Wali Khan Aseer.
31 Jan 09
Chitral-Eshkashim highway Project -letter
Survey: 1993 NHA Islamabad
Consultant: I.A Zafer and Company Karachi
Camp Manager: Inaytullah Aseer Social worker, facilitator of survey
team from Chitral and Badakhshan up to Tajikistan Under command and
guidance of Shahzada Masood ul Mulk RPM of AKRSP of that time and
now the provincial Chief Executive of SRSP.
Short and long the ground reality is that Chitral provides the
shortest link road facilities from Islamabad , Gawader, Peshawar and
Chitral up to Dushanbe Tajikistan . After the completion of Lawari
tunnel it becomes shorter. On the other hand the Indus high
way can be connected through Lawari tunnel up to Tajikistan and
China . Chitral Garam Chashma Eshkashim high way will connect ECO
countries to each other and RCD road from Islamabad to Tehran and
Unqara can be connected.
Through this international high way any one from European countries
can easily come through central Asia up to Pakistan and Dehli. Our
beloved country Pakistan can excess through Shandoor pass and
Khunjarab up to friendly brother country china, another safe and
sound all weather roads can be built up to Khunjarab.
Through this road Muslim brother country Iran can be linked up to
Tajikistan and china easily, tourism and trade will enhance and
Peshawar will become again an international trade market.
It is true that only Pakistan can not get the heavy burden of these
long roads. Therefore ECO countries should take equal part in the
construction of these important high ways. For this purpose the ECO
countries conference is needed to be called without wasting time as
soon as possible. It would be more fruitful if the meeting is
arranged in district Chitral, for guests there are sufficient hotels
and other places of stay with full facilities.
distance of some places is as under:
Chitral to Dushanbe Tajikistan through Garam Chashma 220 Km
Peshawar to Dushanbe Tajikistan through Garam Chashma 520 Km
Islambad to Dushanbe Tajikistan through Garam Chashma 700 Km
Gawader to Dushanbe Tajikistan through Garam Chashma 1500 Km
Chaman to Dushanbe Tajikistan through Garam Chashma 1600 Km
Peshawar to Khunjarab top through Shandoor top 650 Km
Islamabad to Khunjarab top through Shandoor top 700 Km
Kabul to China through Chitral and Gilgit 700Km
Social worker Chitral.
28 Jan 09