Pakistan to overcome its energy shortage through CASA project: Mr. Sherali Jononov

Arif Qureshi | sepetember 8, 2016|

Islamabad: Ambassador of Tajikistan to Pakistan, Mr. Sherali Jononov said that $1.16 billion Central Asia-South Asia (CASA-1000) electricity project will help Pakistan to overcome its energy shortage. Sharing the details about ( CASA) Central Asia-South Asia power project Tajik Envoy said the work on the project is moving at full pace and hopefully will complete by the end of 2018. CASA project is currently under construction that will allow for the export of surplus hydroelectricity from Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan to Pakistan. The project will allow for the export of 1,300 megawatts of electricity which from Pakistan will get 1000 megawatts and rest of 300 megawatts will get Afghanistan. Tajik Envoy expressed these views during a round table conference having title “25 years of Independence of Tajikistan: Prosperity and Development”  jointly organized by Institute of Peace and Diplomatic Studies (IPDS) headed by Mrs. Farhat Asif and Embassy of Tajikistan to Pakistan at local hotel in Islamabad on Friday.

Mr. Waheed Ul Hassan, Special Secretary Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Prof. Dr. Nazir Hussain, Professor School of Politics and International Relations, Quaid-I-Azam University, Mrs. Farhat Asif head Institute of Peace and Diplomatic Studies (IPDS), Mr Asif Noor also spoke on the occasion. While a large no of Diplomats, Academicians, students, researchers also participated the event.

Speaking on the occasion Mr. Sherali Jononov highlighted the progress made by the country during the last several years after the robust and focused strategies of leadership of the country to come out from the crisis of civil war that Tajikistan faced. He further added that Tajikistan is on the path towards development and prosperity and has several opportunities to offer including the recent project of Central Asian South Asia (CASA-1000) electricity project that will meet the energy needs of not only Pakistan but regional countries also. Related to Pakistan-Tajikistan relations, Ambassador said that it is on the steady path with both sides exchanged highest level of visits, meetings and regular interaction for improving bilateral relations for regional peace and prosperity also. He also emphasized about the interests of Tajikistan to develop people to people contact with special focus on young generation in fields of faculty and student exchange along with the regular interaction of administrations of Universities.

Mrs. Farhat Asif, President, Institute of Peace and Diplomatic Studies in her key address float the idea to enhance people to people contacts and stressed the need to explore opportunities for Pakistanis in the countries of Central Asian region. On the occasion she announced the initiative of having Diploma for Central Asian Studies and Diploma for SCO studies at the Institute in collaboration with Diplomatic Missions.  And process of registration in this regard will open soon at the institute.

Ambassador of Tajikistan to Pakistan Mr. Sherali Jononov

Mr. Waheed Ul Hassan, Special Secretary Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Govt of Pakistan said that Pakistan is concentrating  on exploring, opportunities and richness of natural resources to make the maximum benefit out of relations with the countries of Central Asian region especially Tajikistan.  With its geographical proximity Tajikistan has much more to offer to Pakistan and Pakistan has to offer to brotherly Tajikistan. He further said Hassan further said that Tajikistan has emerged as a progressive country and due to visionary leadership; the country has successfully transformed its self and has shown remarkable impressive socio-economic progress. On the eve of 25 years of independence of Tajikistan, the country is ready to take off for new heights of peace, prosperity and development. People of Pakistan and Tajikistan share the painful moments as well as happy times.

Prof. Dr. Nazir Hussain, Professor School of Politics and International Relations, Quaid-I-Azam University  was of the view that Tajikistan has faced several challenges including dealing with the major powers and being a landlocked country managed to faced them very well.   Dr. Sajid Mahmood, Senior Research Fellow, National Institute for Historical and Cultural Research, Quaid-I-Azam University said that keeping in view the richness of history and cultural aspects, Tajikistan is more than several centuries old and keeping in view the prospects of relations, Pakistan and Tajikistan shares several commonalities hence making the connectivity intact.

The Writer is Editor Daily Online News Paper “The Fortress” He can be reached at arifqoreshi@gmail.com

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