India and Pakistan to start construction of a major highway through Bhutan: report

NEW DELHI — India and Pakistan have agreed to start constructing a major road through Bhutomolai National Park in western Bhutan, according to a joint statement issued by the two countries on Sunday.

The Bhutanese government said the project would be completed by the end of next year and would be the first major highway connecting the two nations.

The statement said the new highway would also include an interconnector connecting the country’s main ports with the Indian Ocean port of Mumbai.

India is constructing a large highway linking its main cities of New Delhi and Pune with Kathmandu and Pokhara, as well as a railway link linking the two cities.

Pakistan has a road network stretching across its northern border with Afghanistan and its northeastern border with Bangladesh.