Af-Pak officials inaugurate long-awaited gas pipeline

Afghanistan's president and Pakistan's prime minister have launched a 1,814 kilometer (1,130 miles) gas pipeline that will feed Turkmenistan gas to Afghanistan, as well as Pakistan and eventually to India.

The first part of the inauguration Friday took place in Turkmenistan, on the border with Afghanistan's western province of Herat, followed by a ceremony in Afghanistan. The launch was shown live on Afghan television.

Heavy security will guard the pipeline construction through Afghanistan, said Jelani Farhad, spokesman for the Herat provincial governor's office.

Farhad says: "It's a golden day for Afghanistan today. It will help our economy and create thousands of jobs."

The long awaited pipeline project, which is known by the acronym TAPI, is expected to take two years to complete.