Afghanistan’s fears over dam project rejected

March 07, 2014 - 6:20:09 am
ISLAMABAD: Afghanistan’s concerns over Dasu Dam carry  no weight as the project is being constructed on the Indus River and not on the Kabul River and Kabul should not have any reservations on the project.

This was stated by Finance Minister Senator Ishaq Dar while responding to the telephone call from Dr Omar Zakhilwal, his counterpart in Kabul.

Dr Omar Zakhilwal, Minister for Finance, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, made a telephonic call to Federal Minister for Finance, Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar to discuss progress on various issues between the two countries and to share update on the follow up of the visit by the finance minister to Afghanistan from February 22-24, 2014.

Dar assured Dr Omar Zakhilwal arguing the minister that he will look into this issue and if Afghanistan is not an upper or lower riparian country on the river on which Dasu Project will be constructed then Afghanistan will have no concern.

He added that probably it is due to any misunderstanding on the location of the project that the Afghan National Security Council has expressed its concerns. 

He hoped for the success of forthcoming Pakistan-Tajikistan tariff negotiations and said that Afghanistan is eager to provide its help and facilitation for CASA-1000 Project, which will play an important role in promoting relations between the two countries and beyond to the Central Asian Republics.

Both the finance ministers exchanged views on the follow up to the Joint Economic Commission meeting held in Kabul and updated each other on the status of implementation.             INTERNEWS