Pakistan seeks establishment of CASA Secretariat in Islamabad

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Pakistan has reiterated that Islamabad should have the Secretariat of Central Asia South Asia (CASA-1000), a four-nation 1,000-megawatt Power Supply Project.

In a meeting with the Tajik ambassador Sherali Jononov in Islamabad on Wednesday in which areas of mutual interest, bilateral ties and cooperation in the field of energy came under discussion, the minister said that Pakistan and Tajikistan have deep historical, religious and linguistic ties.

The minister apprised the ambassador about progress on CASA-1000, and reiterated that the CASA Secretariat should be established in Islamabad.

The state minister said that the CASA-1000 transmission project envisages the transportation of surplus electric available in summer moths from Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan to Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Abid Sher Ali highlighted that Pakistan has initiated number of hydel and coal based power generation projects to promote indigenous resources and suggested that the companies from Tajikistan can invest in the potential sites for development of hydro power projects as independent IPPs.

The ambassador of Tajikistan lauded the unprecedented efforts of present government to overcome energy crisis and assured that his country would provide all possible assistance in energy projects.

Sherali Jononov also expressed that the people of Tajikistan have deep respect and love for Pakistan and its leadership.

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