Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Tajikistan President Emomali Rahmon on Friday agreed in-principle to build different road projects that will connect Pakistan with the Central Asian state.
According to an official statement, Prime Minister Nawaz held a meeting with the visiting Tajikistan president at the Governor House in Punjab’s popular tourist resort of Murree.
The two leaders were given a detailed presentation by the National Highway Authority (NHA) Chairman Shahid Ashraf Tarar on different infrastructure projects, showing options of connectivity between Pakistan and Tajikistan.
Later, the PM Nawaz and Tajik President Rahmon gave in principle approval to Gawadar-Peshawar-Kabul-Kunduz-Dushanbe route, Khunjrab-Kalasu-Murghab route and Chitral-Eshkhahim-Dushanbe route, said the statement.
The prime minister said regional connectivity with Tajikistan and China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects will transform the economic outlook for the entire region. “The CPEC and connectivity projects with Tajikistan will prove to be game changer for the whole region,” he said.
President Rahmon appreciated Pakistan’s ongoing infrastructure projects and extended complete support for implementation of the proposed projects.
Special Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, Tariq Fatemi, also gave a presentation on issues relating to regional security. Defence Minister Khawaja Asif and Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz also attended the meeting.
Published in The Express Tribune, November 14th, 2015.