ISLAMABAD: Adviser to Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz on Friday said Pakistan wants early start and completion of Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline project to meet its energy requirements.
Talking to newsmen, Sartaj Aziz said that due to delay in the TAPI project, its cost has been increased from three billion dollars to seven billion dollars if it will be started today. He said the project will be completed in three years.
He said it is an important gas project, which is necessary for the solution of energy crisis being faced by Pakistan. He said more than fifty percent gas requirements of Pakistan can be met if the TAPI project will be completed.
Replying to a question about the security of the project, especially in Afghanistan and to project it from Taliban, Sartaj Aziz said as Taliban also need energy and gas for their own requirements, therefore they will not damage such important infrastructure. He said in the past, despite many attacks, Taliban never damaged or attacked such energy infrastructure projects in Afghanistan.
Sartaj Aziz said Pakistan also wants to increase linkage with Turkmenistan through rail and road so that people to people contacts could be strengthened besides improving bilateral trade and economic ties.
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