China to Fully Fund Pakistan’s Karachi-Peshawar Railway Line

The project was originally planned to be partly funded by the Manila-based Asian Development Bank (ADB).

China will fully fund the USD 8 billion Karachi-Peshawar Railway Line in Pakistan to ensure the smooth completion of the key project, which was earlier to be partly funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

"China strongly argued that two-sourced financing would create problems and the project would suffer," Pakistan Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal told reporters on Thursday.

The project was originally planned to be partly funded by the Manila-based Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Dawn reported.

The minister said he would not comment whether the Ministry of Railways has resisted the Chinese request for fears of monopoly, but said the entire financing would now come from China.

He said the ADB would be accommodated in some other projects, such as those under the Central Asian Regional Economic Cooperation programme.

Under the original plan, the ADB had to provide USD 3.5 bn for the 1,700-kilometre-long line considered the backbone of the country's logistics connecting two major ports with the rest of the country for transporting goods and passengers.

Pakistan and China are expected to sign a formal agreement in this regard next month.