DUSHANBE- Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif and Tajik President, Emomali Rahmon had a deal according to which Pakistan would get the supply of 1,000 MW electricity from Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan via Afghanistan.
Prime Minister also offered Tajikistan the use of Pakistani seaports for imports and exports that provide the shortest route to the sea.
The energy project would help Pakistan grapple with the shortage of electricity which manifolds in summer. The delegation from Pakistan helped in overcoming an eleventh hour glitch on setting up convertors from DC to AC current in Kabul and it was ultimately decided that a converter at Sang-Toda in the bordering area with Pakistan would be set up beside the second one near Nowshera. The idea of building a converter in Kabul has been dropped.
Afghanistan will get 300MW electricity from the Sang-Toda convertor and it would save a $1.5 billion overall in the cost of the project.
Prime Minister has been given a red-carpet welcome as he reached the Tajik capital on a two-day official visit. He was received by the Tajik Prime Minister, Kokhir Rasulzoda at the airport whereas Tajik president hosted a dinner in the magnificent Nation Palace after having talks with him.
It is pertinent to mention here that Prime Minister Nawaz arrived in Tajikistan to attend the launching ceremony of the CASA-1000 project.