A $1.2 billion multinational project called CASA-1,000 to develop a power line connecting South Asian Afghanistan and Pakistan with Central Asian Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan has been stalled due to political turmoil in Afghanistan.

Faizali Samiyev, the chairman of the Tajik project implementation office, stated that while work on the project, which was initially planned to be completed next year, progressed in three other countries but not Afghanistan, it had been suspended there, Reuters reported.

According to Samiyev, funding for the CASA-1,000 project, which was intended to supply Pakistan with 1,000 megawatts of power and Afghanistan with 300 megawatts, has been stalled.

With a vast network of hydroelectric power facilities, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, two former Soviet republics, will be able to sell surplus power to Pakistan and Afghanistan during the summer as part of the CASA-1,000 project.

The CASA-1000 energy transmission project was officially launched in Dushanbe, the Tajik capital, by the officials of Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Pakistan in 2016.

After this project is functional, Afghanistan was to generate roughly 45 million dollars in revenue yearly in addition to 300 megawatts of electricity.

With the Taliban in charge, Afghanistan is currently going through the “worst” humanitarian crisis in the world. The World Bank, one of the major supporters of CASA-1,000, is now concentrating more on Afghanistan’s agriculture, health, and education sectors.

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  • Saqalain Eqbal is an Online Editor for Khaama Press. He is a Law graduate from The American University of Afghanistan (AUAF).