The Taliban-led government on Tuesday gave its approval for a railway link between Afghanistan and Pakistan, greenlighting rail links between the cities of Peshawar and Kabul and Peshawar and Jalalabad.
Approval for a rail link with Uzbekistan was also given. The cabinet of the new government, during the meeting, also approved a rail link between Jalalabad and the capital Kabul.
The cabinet meeting was presided by Afghan Prime Minister Mullah Muhammad Hassan Akhund.
During the first phase, feasibility studies and surveys would be conducted and the findings of the first phase would be shared with higher officials during the second phase of the project.
A change in police and armed forces uniforms was also approved during the cabinet meeting.
The meeting of the five countries — Pakistan, Afghanistan, Russia, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan —was held last month to discuss the railway network between the states, a senior official working on the project told The Express Tribune on condition of anonymity.
Russia using advanced technology would carry out survey of the project and prepare feasibility reports while other countries will construct railway tracks on their respective territories, he added