COMSATS seminar calls for enhanced Pak-Turkmen relations Ambassador Movlamov says Turkmenistan ready to provide cheap gas, electricity to Pakistan

Zubair Qureshi

Turkmenistan Ambassador Atadjan Movlamov has said that Pakistan is a brotherly country and Turkmenistan attaches great importance to enhancing cooperation with Pakistan in every possible sphere.

Turkmenistan can provide 3,000 Megawatt electricity to Pakistan on cheaper rates, cheaper than that being used presently in Pakistan.

We feel no problem in Afghanistan to lay pipelines for gas and transmission lines for electricity meant to reach Pakistan said the Ambassador while speaking at a seminar in COMSATS on Friday.

The event was held to mark 25th anniversary of permanent neutrality of Turkmenistan in 2020 and in collaboration with “Pakistan in the World journal” and “Sindhu Welfare” on “Turkmenistan – Home of Year of Peace and Trust; 2021”.

Executive Director COMSATS, Dr. SM Junaid Zaidi, Ambassador R Fauzia Nasreen, Journalist Tazeen Akhtar , Chairperson Sindhu Welfare, Dr Afshan Malik spoke on the occasion and called for enhanced cooperation between Pakistan and Turkmenistan.

The speakers were of the view that Turkmenistan is moving forward with another milestone in the way of promotion of peace by getting the resolution on year of peace and trust passed by the UNO.

There are lessons for many countries im this regard to learn from Turkmenistan, they said.
While expressing his gratitude to the organizers of the event and speakers, Ambassador Atadjan briefed the audience on Turkmenistan, Year of Peace and Trust, Turkmen-Pakistan relations in his presentation and during the question answer session.

He said Neutral Turkmenistan has established a constructive relationship of cooperation with its neighbors and is contributing to building a lasting peace through economic and humanitarian assistance, engaging Afghanistan in regional projects.

We are participating in international initiatives to rebuild Afghanistan, in particular through programmes under the Regional Economic Cooperation Conference on Afghanistan and the construction of infrastructure projects like Turkmen-Afghan-Pak-India (TAPI) gas pipeline, he said.

These projects, the ambassador said are supposed to bring not only the energy but peace as well in respective countries.

Ambassador continued with details of the projects that were inaugurated last month by the Presidents of Turkmenistan and Afghanistan.

To a question regarding Afghanistan , the Ambassador replied that Turkmenistan has been exporting electricity to Afghanistan for 2 decades, even when the Taliban were ruling there.

Ambassador R Fauzia Nasreen said that the Year of Peace and Trust is an opportunity for all to resolve their disputes and bring peace in the world that is necessary for development.

She said that Pakistan was a co-sponsor of this resolution that speaks a lot about how valuable is peace in the foreign policy of Pakistan.

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