Published Date: Sep 4, 2013
Pakistan keen to continue work with Afghanistan: Sartaj Aziz
Pakistan is keen to continue working with Afghanistan in
pursuit of connectivity and energy projects linking Pakistan with
The Prime Minister’s Advisor on National Security and Foreign
Affairs‚ Sartaj Aziz said this while addressing a seminar on
‘Afghanistan Reconnected: Linking Energy Supplier to Consumers in Asia’
organised by East West Institute in Islamabad Tuesday.
The Advisor said discussions are also continuing on extending
Afghanistan-Pakistan Transit Trade Agreement (APTTA) to Tajikistan by
finalizing the Tripartite Agreement under consideration of the three
He said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has clearly underlined the
government’s priority in terms of addressing our energy needs in the
short and long term. He said we are keen on working with Afghanistan as a
conduit for energy supply.
Sartaj Aziz said a peaceful‚ stable and prosperous Afghanistan is in
Pakistan’s vital national interest. We remain committed to supporting
efforts for peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan in an inclusive‚
Afghan-owned and Afghan-led process.
He said the Prime Minister has presented a vision of a peaceful and
prosperous neigbhourhood‚ with stable and cooperative relations with all
our neighbours including Afghanistan.
He said last week’s visit to Pakistan by President Karzai at the
invitation of the Prime Minister was part of this vision. The visit was
helpful in building trust‚ enhancing mutual understanding‚ reaffirming
the commitment to work together to promote peace and reconciliation‚ and
determining ways to strengthen bilateral relations.
Sartaj Aziz said Afghanistan has invited Pakistan for a joint
investment in the Kunar Hydro Power project whose design and feasibility
have been completed. The project will produce 1500 MW electricity to be
shared by the two countries. He said Pakistan and Afghanistan would
pursue with World Bank the early finalization of 170 KM
Torkham-Jalalabad new rail link connecting Peshawar with Jalalabad. The
two countries are also working on 11.5 KM Chaman-Spinbolduk rail link
that ultimately connects Chaman with Kandahar.
He said long term support of the international community for
Afghanistan’s reconstruction and development is crucial for reinforcing
the efforts for peace and reconciliation.