Minister: (Pak-Tajikistan Transit Route to be established: Kh Asif)

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Water and Power, Khawaja Mohammad Asif has said that the gas, road, railways and transmission line link between Tajikistan and Pakistan is necessary for the economic interests of the two countries.

He said this during a meeting with delegation from Tajikistan held here on Monday. The delegation was comprised of Minister of State for Reserves of Tajikistan, Noor Mohammad Akhmedov , Ambassador of Tajikistan in Pakistan Jononov Sherali and other senior officials.

Noor Mohammad Akhmedov said that his country is interested in transportation of crude Oil from Kuwait via Pakistan. Therefore, there is need of services required from Pakistan regarding refining crude oil and transporting to Tajikistan.

While telling the importance of this route he said that it is the best and possibly cheapest route to import via Pakistan.

He further said that as Tajikistan is a landlocked country, road and railway link between two countries would not only boost economic activities in two countries but also strengthen the bilateral relationship which would ultimately upgrade the standard of living in the region. He also informed that his country imports 90% sugar and 50% fertilizers at present from Pakistan

Khawaja Asif said in the meeting that both countries must think of rail and road link between two countries which would facilitate cheapest transportation of goods between the two countries.

He also affirmed that these projects would be comprehensively discussed in the coming meeting of Joint Ministerial Commission which would be held in the midst of the coming year.

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