ISLAMABAD: Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Ghulam Sarwar Khan on Friday said, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India (TAPI) gas pipeline will be a ‘game changer’ for the region.
This he said while expressing his views with Ambassador of Turkmenistan Atadjan Movlamov who called on him in Islamabad today.
The minister assured the visiting ambassador that the, petroleum division and TAPI pipeline corporation will soon sign an important document. “Pakistan supports TAPI project at every level”, Mr. Sarwar continued.
Referring to relations with Turkmenistan, the Minister said both the countries enjoy cordial relations.
It needs to be mentioning here that, Pakistan will act as a host country in this contract with Turkmenistan over giving of transit rights for placement of the pipeline, assisting India to connect it in its region with its origin point-Fazilka district, near Multan.
This 1,800km long pipeline, which instigate from the Galkynysh gas field in Turkmenistan, passes through Herat and Kandahar in Afghanistan, moves through Pakistan via Quetta and Multan and terminates at Fazilka in India.
However, it is observed that the signing ceremony has been postponed since December 2017, as the outgoing PML-N led government previously planned to ink the agreement and get the civil work commence during May, but unfortunately, it couldn’t do so.