Pakistan says the implementation of the TAPI (Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India) pipeline project has been suspended until the situation in Afghanistan stabilizes.
Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Economic Affairs Omar Ayub Khan told TASS on Thursday that “after stabilizing the situation, we will be able to return to the issue of construction,”
“The work on the TAPI, as well as on other projects like CASA-1000 [power transmission system project], is on hold due to the situation in Afghanistan. According to the information that we have, at the moment no one is working on this project in Afghanistan as well as on other projects. Many people have been evacuated, and representatives of the World Bank are no longer represented in Afghanistan,” the Minister said.
This comes as recently the Taliban spokesman, Suhail Shaheen said that they are interested in the construction of this gas pipeline.
The Turkmenistan–Afghanistan–Pakistan–India Pipeline (TAPI), also known as Trans-Afghanistan Pipeline, is being developed by the Galkynysh – TAPI Pipeline Company Limited with participation of the Asian Development Bank.
The pipeline will transport natural gas from the Galkynysh Gas Fields in Turkmenistan and run through Afghanistan into Pakistan and then to India.
The project is estimated to be worth $10 billion.
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