Energy-starved Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has embarked on a two days quest with a visit to Central Asian states, talking about an electricity and gas pipeline project with his counterparts in Kyrgyzstan and Turkmenistan.
Sharif met with Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev and Prime Minister Tamir Sariyev in Bishkek, and discussed a project known as CASA 1000 that will provide electricity to Pakistan through a 1,200 kilometer power line.
The project is seen very important for Pakistan, which suffers chronic power shortages especially during the summer months, but will not be enough to solve the country's energy shortage.
Sharif earlier visited Turkmenistan, also talking to Turkmenistan’s leader Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov about the planned pipeline project,
The Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) will carry Turkmen gas to Pakistan and India through Afghanistan.
The $10 billion project aims to build a 1,800 kilometer pipeline and deliver 33 billion cubic meters of gas annually to Pakistan, but security concerns have hindered the construction process.
The project also has a financing problem, as no commercial investor has come forward so far, claiming it is too expensive and risky.