CASA 1000 project -- From economic interdependence to peace building

Shumaila Andleeb

ISLAMABAD, May 15 (APP): Passing through the towering green
peaks of Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan to downwards the rough
terrain of Afghanistan and the lands of Pakistan, the electricity transmission line of CASA 1000 holds a promising future of region’s prosperity and peace.

The $1.2 billion, 750 kilometre long transmission that will
allow Pakistan to import electricity from Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan via Afghanistan to minimize its electricity shortage, also brings an economic interdependence to the region.

“A more interconnected region can serve as a driver of economic
development and as an anchor of peace and security,” said Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif who recently launched the CASA 1000 alongside the Tajik, Kyrgyz and Afghan leaders, in Tajikistan.