Pakistan-China bus service launch postponed

  • The inauguration has been delayed due to prevailing security situation.

LAHORE – The launch of a bus service between Pakistan and China, which was scheduled for November 3, has been postponed due to prevailing law and order situation.

A private Pakistani transport company, North-South Transport Network (Pvt) Limited, set to launch the service but the officials of the firm has decided to inaugurate it on November 5.

Country-wide protests are being held by a religious party, Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) since the Supreme Court of Pakistan acquitted Asia Bibi, a Christian woman facing death sentence over blasphemy.

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The bus service will run four days a week from Lahore to Tashkurgan. It will be a 30-hour long trip and passengers will get to enjoy the view of beautiful sights of the northern side of Pakistan. Cameras have been placed inside the buses to ensure the passengers’ security.

Pakistan, China launch first CPEC passenger bus service

Fares of CPEC Passenger Bus Service
One-way ticket from Lahore to Taskurgan costs Rs13000 per seat
One-way ticket from Tashkurgan to Lahore costs RMB 600 (equivalent to Rs11,475 under current exchange rate)
Return ticket is Rs23,000.
Travel documents required
Valid Visa
Original Invitation from China
China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is a flagship project of President Xi’s One Belt One Road  (OBOR) initiative involving a massive investment of over $60 billion in infrastructure projects in Pakistan.

Originally valued at $46 billion, the value of CPEC projects was worth $62 billion as of 2017.

The CPEC is intended to rapidly modernize Pakistani infrastructure and strengthen its economy by the construction of modern transportation networks, numerous energy projects, and special economic zones.