Posted October 01, 2018 03:16:22 The Supreme Court of Afghanistan has heard an appeal against the pipeline project, which has the potential to be the biggest development in Afghanistan since the Taliban were ousted in 2001.
The Supreme Administrative Court on Thursday dismissed a case filed by the country’s environmental protection agency against the project, the Associated Press news agency reported.
The appeal comes in response to the environmental protection body’s claim that the pipeline could create more than 40,000 jobs and boost the countrys economy.
The case was filed by environmental group Greenpeace, which argues that the Taliban government’s plans to build the pipeline are illegal and would harm the environment.
The court, however, said that it has the power to overturn the environmental body’s ruling.
The ruling was a surprise for environmental groups, who had hoped for a ruling to be made in their favour.
“We are happy that the Supreme Court has rejected the legal challenges to the project,” said Haji Mohammed Abdullah, a spokesman for the Afghan Environmental Protection Agency.
“But we still hope that the government will now look into the case, and we will continue to work with the authorities to resolve this matter.”
The pipeline project has attracted the support of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and other politicians, who have said it would bring jobs to the country.
The government said it is working towards securing the construction of the pipeline, but environmentalists say it is a dangerous project that will damage the environment and damage local economies.
In April, the US government stopped a deal to build a $1.2bn pipeline from Afghanistan to Europe, arguing that the project could jeopardise security in Afghanistan.
The pipeline is one of the largest and most controversial in Afghanistan’s history, with international investors and governments opposing the project.
The project has sparked international criticism and opposition, with many arguing that it will damage Afghanistan’s fragile economy.