Aga Khan and President Rahmonov inaugurate reconstructed bridge in Ishkashim – AsiaPlus Tajikistan

Aga Khan and President Rahmonov inaugurate reconstructed bridge in Ishkashim

31.10.2006 10:30

Author: Zarrina Ergasheva

DUSHANBE, October 31, Asia-Plus President Emomali Rahmonov and His Highness the Aga Khan, Imam (spiritual leader) of the Shia Ismaili Muslims and Founder of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), today morning left for Gorno Badakhshan to inaugurate a bridge across the Panj River in the Ishkashim district.

Reconstruction of this 99.3-meter long bridge having 4.5 meters wide that started in the autumn last year increased the bridge carrying capacity from 10 tons to 30 tons.

According to the Ministry of Transport (MoT), this US$350,100 project, undertaken by the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) in cooperation with the governments of Tajikistan and Afghanistan will strengthen commercial links and relations between Tajikistan and Afghanistan.

It is the third of a series of bridges across the Panj River in Gorno Badakhshan that will consolidate permanent overland links between Tajikistan and Afghanistan. The first bridge connecting Tem in Tajikistan and Demorgan in Afghanistan was opened in November 2002. The second Tajik-Afghan bridge was constructed and opened in the Darvoz district in July 2004.

Asia Plus Tajikistan

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  1. Bridge linking Afghanistan and Tajikistan officiated

    DUSHANBE: Tajik President Emomali Rakhmonov and Ismaili Muslim leader the Aga Khan yesterday inaugurated a bridge into Afghanistan in a show of strength by the Tajik leader ahead of next week’s election. Rakhmonov and the Aga Khan presided together at the ceremony in the town of Ishkashim on the River Pyandzh, which divides Tajikistan from northeast Afghanistan, said the Aga Khan Development Network. It is the third such bridge inaugurated in the sensitive Gorno-Badakhshan region of Tajikistan, where the ethnic Pamiri population are followers of the Ismaili sect of Shia Islam. For Rakhmonov it is a chance to show off his nation-building efforts and his commitment to the 200,000-strong Pamiri population in Gorno-Badakhshan ahead of Monday’s election, independent analyst Rustam Haidarovsaid. Increasingly, Rakhmonov has cast himself as a mediator in efforts to rebuild war-torn Afghanistan and to build new transport links that could benefit both Afghanistan and China.

    The Brunei Time

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  2. Tajik Leader, Aga Khan Inaugurate Bridge To Afghanistan
    DUSHANBE, October 31, 2006 (RFE/RL) — Tajik President Imomali Rakhmonov and the Aga Khan, the billionaire spiritual leader of the world’s Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims, today inaugurated a bridge on the Panj River that separates Tajikistan from Afghanistan.
    The ceremony took place in the Ishkashim dictrict
    of Tajikistan’s eastern Gorno-Badakhshan region. The Asia Plus news agency says this is the third bridge the Aga Khan Development Network.

    Radio Free Afghanistan

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