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A government official: Taliban have given their consent about the TAPI project

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A government official: Taliban have given their consent about the TAPI project

Afghanistan Government informed the government of Pakistan and India about the agreement of the Taliban regarding the safety of the pipeline.

A prominent Afghan government official, who has chosen not to reveal his name, told the Express Tribune newspaper that Taliban militants have assured that security of the pipeline would not be disrupted.

The security of the project has been of serious concern to Afghanistan’s government. The pipeline passes through Herat, Helmand and Kandahar, which are considered to be highly insecure with a large presence of Taliban in various parts of the route.

In 2011, an agreement between officials of Afghanistan, Pakistan, Turkmenistan and India in Ashgabat capital of Turkmenistan on the gas pipeline project was signed.

In accordance with the agreement, the pipeline that starts from Dolatabad Turkmenistan is 1,680km long and carries about 27 milliard cubic meter of gas from Turkmenistan to India through Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Afghanistan’s government raises revenue of USD 400 million annually from the passage of the pipeline through Afghanistan.

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