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Here’s why this ‘Door to Hell’ is burning for 46 years

ASHGABAT: The Darvaza gas crater, also known as 'The Door to Hell' and 'The Crater of Fire', is a terrifying man-made symbol of nightmare. It’s located in the Karakum Desert of Turkmenistan. "Man-made natural phenomenon" might sound like a contradiction, but hear us out. As explained in a new video from YouTube channel SciShow, in 1971 Soviet scientists began explored the Karakum desert search of oil and gas. No one really knows what followed, there have been no official public reports on the matter, but it is…

TAPI gas pipeline project launched

HERAT: Ground-breaking ceremony of Afghanistan section of landmark Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline project was held in Herat on Friday. It was attended by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, India's Minister of State External affairs Mobashar Jawed Akbar, NATO and US Forces Commander Gen. John Nicholson and other high-ranking officials. Addressing the ceremony, PM Abbasi said Pakistan was committed to long-term…

TAPI project to cater Pakistan’s growing energy needs: PM Abbasi

MARY: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has said Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline is an important project for Pakistan due to its growing energy needs.     He expressed these views while meeting President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov in Mary, Turkmenistan. During the meeting, both the leaders highlighted the importance of TAPI pipeline project as energy, trade and transit corridor and held fruitful discussions on mutual concern, including the issues of regional security. PM…

Turkey, Afghanistan, ex-Soviet trio sign corridor agreement

ASHGABAT: A road and rail corridor connecting war-torn Afghanistan with Turkey and Europe was signed off by officials from five countries on Wednesday in Turkmenistan's capital Ashgabat. The so-called Lapis Lazuli corridor agreement is the product of more than five years of talks involving Afghanistan and Turkey as well as the ex-Soviet countries Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkmenistan. The agreement is focussed on integrating customs procedures and stripping away logistical barriers affecting trade between the countries.…

President calls for launching of joint oil and gas projects between Pakistan and Turkmenistan

ASHGABAT: President Mamnoon Hussain has called for launching of joint oil and gas projects between Pakistan and Turkmenistan. He was talking to Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov in Ashgabat on Saturday. The president called for augmenting bilateral cooperation between the two countries in the fields of trade, energy, agriculture and education. Mamnoon Hussain said both the countries should also boost bilateral cooperation in science, technology, and infrastructure. Pakistan  Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan…

PM Sharif discuss peace and stability in Afghanistan with Ghani

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif met Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Saturday in Ashgabat on the sidelines of the Global Conference on Sustainable Transport. The two leaders had a cordial exchange of views regarding efforts for peace and stability in Afghanistan and strengthening relations between the two countries. The Prime Minister reaffirmed Pakistan’s firm commitment to the efforts for peace and stability in Afghanistan. He reiterated Pakistan’s keen desire for deepening engagement with Afghanistan …

Prime Minister Sharif says he didn’t win election to resign

ASHGABAT: In a relatively confident tone, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday gave an impression that he would not resign, come what may, as he did not win the election to resign, just because a political party was demanding it. The premier, who is in Turkmenistan on an official visit, said his government never complained about vote riggings in the past and even when elections were held during the caretaker government of former president Pervez Musharraf, who led a coup against PM Sharif, his party participated in it…

PM Sharif discusses TAPI gas pipline, CPEC with Turkmenistan President

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif arrived in Aghabat on Friday on a two-day visit where he met with Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.  During the meeting both world leaders exchanged views on TAPI gas project and other affairs, and discussed air connectivity between the two countries. Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif says progress will be made on TAPI gas pipeline project. Later, while speaking to newsmen, the Prime Minister said  that TAPI, which is the largest gas project in the region,…

Prime Minister to visit Turkmenistan on Friday

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will visit Turkmenistan for two days from tomorrow at the invitation of the President of Turkmenistan. The Prime Minister will lead a delegation to the first ever Global Conference on Sustainable Transport being held at Ashgabat under the auspices of the United Nations. The conference is co-hosted by Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and Turkmenistan and is likely to be attended by around 1500 participants, including Heads of State, Government, Ministers, private sector CEOs, civil…

Turkmenistan minister meets Gen Raheel Sharif

RAWALPINDI: Colonel General Berdiyev Yaylym Yagmyrovich, Minister of Defence and Secretary National Security Council Turkmenistan called on General Raheel Sharif, COAS today at the General Headquarters, Rawalpindi. According to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), matters of professional interest and regional security situation were discussed during the meeting. Earlier on arrival at GHQ, a smartly turned out contingent of Pakistan army presented guard of honour to the visiting dignitary who laid floral wreath at…