For many centuries, the
Bolan pass has been the main entrance to Quetta district. It is
historically significant, used as the gateway by most of the immigrants
from central Asia in their drive to discover new homelands in South
Asia. The two other important passes are the Lak Pass between Quetta and
Kallat and the Khojak Pass near the border with Afghanistan at Chaman.
Along Bolan Pass where the road winds through picturesque mountains
one is reminded of the huge odds that the armies from Central Asia and
the north must have faced in their raids on the plains of the present
day Pakistan. In winter, trains of camels, as they slowly plod their way
through to the top, look fascinating. The Bolan links Quetta with the
plains of the Punjab and the upper Sindh through the town of Sibi by
road and train. The train passes through 21 tunnels.
Lak pass is located between Kallat and Quetta at a point where the
highway makes a turn for Koh-e-Taftan, Saindak copper mines and Zahidan
in Iran and the other section links Karachi via Kallat, Khuzdar and
Bella. PTDC Model at Khuzdar and Taftan caters for motorists. The view
from the top of the pass is interesting. Trucks, trailers and lorries
laden to their brim with merchandise and passengers move along at great
speeds. Down below these kiosks sell beverages. On the hills, unmindful
of the presence of the motorized transport and the human beings,
hundreds of sheep browse upon the scant herbage available there.
The Khojak Pass is 7575 ft. above sea level. It leads directly to the
border of Afghanistan at Chaman which is 153 kms away from Quetta. The
train passes through the longest tunnel of the sub-continent. The
scenery is breath-taking as here as it is at Bolan Pass.
The entire population of Hardware Baba and for that matter of the entire
Ziarat, migrates to Harnai in extreme winter. Harnai Pass, about hours
drive from Loralai, is just as spectacular as the Khyber Pass near