URUMQI, April 03 : Ismail Tiliwaldi, governor of the Xinjiang Uyger autonomous region of China said his government will consider establishing rail link with Pakistan to expand the avenues of bilateral cooperation in socio-economic sectors.

"We will soon hold a feasibility study to find out possibilities of operating rail network between the two brotherly countries through Kashgir, he said during his meeting held with the visiting delegation of Pakistan Muslim League (PML), led by Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed.

China, particularly its western region (Xinjiang) attaches great importance to its decades' old traditional alliance with Pakistan and wished to have greater interaction to strengthen their mutually beneficial cooperative partnership, he added.

The two sides agreed that the Western region has rich potential to emerge as hub of Sino-Pak business activities, with further development of road, rail and air network. Pakistan and China have already decided to start a regular bus service between Kashgar and Gilgit on daily basis from June 1. Two countries will also start goods transportation service via Khunjrab pass from May 1.

Pakistan International Airlines and China Southern Airline are also operating their flights on this route on regular basis. The Xinjiang, Muslim-majority region has 17 ports open to the outside world. The region, also linked through old Silk Route could provide tremendous boost to economic collaboration at regional and international levels, said Mushahid Hussain.