Pakistan dispels Afghan apprehensions over Dasu hydel project

Published: March 5, 2014
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A view of Dasu Dam site. PHOTO: INP

A view of Dasu Dam site. PHOTO: INP

A view of Dasu Dam site. PHOTO: INP Afghan finance minister says the Afghan National Security Council had expressed concerns on the construction of Dasu dam. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: Finance Minister Ishaq Dar on Wednesday dispelled Afghan apprehensions over the Dasu dam, assuring that the hydro project was not being built on the Kabul River.

In a telephonic conversation with the finance minister, Dar’s Afghan counterpart Dr Omar Zakhilwal raised concerns expressed by the Afghan National Security Council.

Dr Zakhilwal said that he will look into the issue and if Afghanistan is not an upper or lower riparian country on the river on which Dasu Project will be constructed then Afghanistan will have no concern.

Dar assured him that the project was being built on the Indus and hence Afghanistan should have no objection to the project

CASA-1000 project

Afghan finance minister also discussed progress on CASA-1000 power project with Dar.

Dr Zakhilwal shared his Afghanistan’s desire for early completion of the power project and hoped for the success of forthcoming Pakistan-Tajikistan tariff negotiations.

The Afghan minister and said his country is eager to provide its help and facilitation for CASA-1000 Project.

Joint economic commission

The two finance ministers discussed various issues between the two countries and updated each other on progress since Dar’s to Afghanistan from February 22-24.

Both sides concluded with the desire to enhance the economic relations between the two countries.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • Jehan Zeb
    Mar 5, 2014 - 10:46PM

    I was not expecting that the Afghan Govt will be so ignorant about a project built on Indus River having no concern with Afghanistan

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  • SM
    Mar 6, 2014 - 1:08AM

    When did Afghanistan’s borders include the Northern Areas of Pakistan?

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  • Kashif
    Mar 7, 2014 - 3:02AM

    Afghanistan must realize that its economic dependence and progress is closely related to a stable Pakistan and a stable FATA region. Afghanistan must not allow Indian influence to back militancy in FATA and specially in Waziristan. The two countries must work together to improve lives of millions of tribesmen on both sides of the border. I personally feel that cricket can really get both of these countries together. It can make a bond that will hopefully release tension and bring the people together. I wish for peace in the region!

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  • Fareed
    Mar 31, 2014 - 6:56PM

    @SM
    Oh Really, didnt you know Afghans claim upto attock to be their land hence they can ask world bank not to fund this project and looks like that is what has happened!

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  • Jehan Zeb
    Apr 2, 2014 - 9:38AM

    @Fareed:
    I believe you jumped to politics. The question is not of political/administrative borders. The proposed dam is in the watershed of Indus River and has no impact on any watershed in afghanistan

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