KABUL: The Pakistan government has promised to resume construction work on the dualisation of the Torkham-Jalalabad highway, a project that came to a halt two years back, the Ministry of Finance said on Sunday.
Work on a 75 kilometres stretch of the road, which has 13 metres width, was jointly inaugurated by President Hamid Karzai and former Pakistan Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz in 2007. But the project ran into snag after 70 percent work was completed in the first two year.
Finance Minister Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal and his Pakistani counterpart Hafiz Sheikh, during a meeting on the sidelines of the World Bank-International Monetary Fund (IMF) annual meeting in Japan, agreed on restarting the work in the near future.
Sheikh evince Pakistan’s interests in investing in Afghanistan’s power dam and mining projects, according to a statement from the ministry, which said the officials discussed electricity supply from Central to South Asia, a gas pipeline scheme and a rail link between Jalalabad and Peshawar.
Zakhilwal condemned the attack on Pakistani schoolgirl of Malala Yousafzai, acknowledging had done a lot for the education of women and girls on both sides of the border. He referred to the deprivation of girls of education in Kandahar and other provinces