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Pakistan Vows to Complete CASA-1000 At Earliest

Pakistan Vows to Complete CASA-1000 At Earliest

ISLAMABAD – Pakistani Foreign Minister, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, gave this assurance during a joint press briefing with his Tajik counterpart, Sirajuddin Mehruddin, in Dushanbe to make all possible efforts for the early completion of the CASA-1000 project.
The Central Asia-South Asia project (CASA-1000) will not only benefit the two countries suffering from energy defecit, but the entire region, Pakistan believes.
Launched nearly five years ago, the power project will allow Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan to export surplus hydropower to Afghanistan and Pakistan.
AFP quoted Qureshi as saying that the CASA-1000 project would improve access to electricity, integrate markets to increase trade and find feasible solutions to water resources management.
Qureshi said he was happy to hear that the Tajik president (in a meeting with his Afghan counterpart) highlighted a tripartite transit trade agreement between Dushanbe, Kabul and Islamabad.
Mehruddin praised Pakistan’s commitment to the CASA-1000 project. He hopes that its completion will further consolidate relations between Pakistan and Tajikistan.

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